- The Washington Times - Monday, February 21, 2000

SHARPSBURG, Md. Some think there are far too many Confederate monuments around the country. Bill Chaney thinks there aren't enough.
Last year, he outbid the National Park Service and purchased 101 acres of the Antietam battlefield in Maryland.
Mr. Chaney is raising private funds to erect 30-foot bronze equestrian statues to Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart, about a mile from the spot known as "Bloody Lane."
He has already commissioned a Texas artist to begin work on the Lee statue.
Mr. Chaney, heir to a concrete fortune, purchased the land so he could right what he perceived as a great wrong the near total lack of monuments to the Confederates who fought and died in the Civil War's bloodiest day of combat.
"I think that's a shame," says Mr. Chaney, a Marylander and distant relative of Lee, about whom he wrote the book "Duty Most Sublime."
"I think these people ought to be remembered… . They fought for the same things that our forebears fought in 1776 the right of self-determination, to govern yourself the way you want to. The same as the people in Russia, Chechnya, same thing they're fighting for."
The Battle of Antietam, named for a creek running near this Western Maryland town, began on Sept. 17, 1862, during an ill-fated Confederate offensive into the North. In all, 23,000 combatants on both sides were killed, wounded or reported missing.
Mr. Chaney says he is in no way glorifying slavery. He was an honorary co-chairman on a committee that recently dedicated a memorial in Annapolis to "Roots" author Alex Haley.
"I think people ought to be proud of their heritage, whether it's white, black, Jewish or whatever," he says. "I'm proud of mine."
Mr. Chaney is working with the park service to ensure his memorials fit in with those already on the battlefield grounds. He says he would like the agency to eventually take over care of the statues.

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