- - Thursday, August 27, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

This country owes as much of its enviable martial heritage to the U.S. south as to the north. But now to serve popular morality, we apparently must banish from history the Confederate battle flag and those who served under it.

Responding to this assertion, I quote Joshua Chamberlain, who received the Confederate surrender at Appomattox: “Before us in proud humiliation stood the embodiment of manhood: men whom neither toils and sufferings, nor the fact of death, nor disaster, nor hopelessness could bend from their resolve; standing before us now, thin, worn, and famished, but erect, and with eyes looking level into ours, waking memories that bound us together as no other bond … was not such manhood to be welcomed back into a Union so tested and assured?”

Winston Churchill commented concerning American entry into World War II that victory was then assured, because our Civil War demonstrated the tenacity required to defeat the Nazis.

NOLAN NELSON

Eugene, Ore.

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