Editor: It is regrettable to see a wealthy newspaper owner intentionally stir up racial hatred and conflict simply to create controversy and sell newspapers. This was tried before by a publicity seeking columnist, but failed to gain sufficient traction among the come-heres to start racial and cultural warfare and a campaign of persecution against the native Virginians who are still in Loudoun.
The historical fact remains that during the War Between the States, the vast majority of Loudoun’s men fought for the Confederacy, and their deaths and other massive sacrifices during that war deserved and still deserve a monument.
The fact also remains that these 65 men (and boys) of 1861 fought to defend their county and their state from an already declared Northern invasion already mobilized on their shores. As documented by Northern and Southern historians, the Virginia Secession Convention voted against secession the first time. It was only after President Lincoln’s April 15, 1861, midnight telegram to Virginia Governor Letcher, demanding not only that Virginia furnish 75,000 troops for the invasion of the South, but also that Virginia permit the invading army to march through the commonwealth to suppress the Southern states, that the Convention voted again. That vote was overwhelmingly for secession.
As for the claims of 21st century revisionists, these Loudoun soldiers, most of whom had never owned a slave, did not fight to defend slavery. They fought for their families and their very homes.
Their monument was erected as soon as it was financially possible here in the war-ravaged and impoverished South. And that is why the attempt to erase and rewrite history as the especially despicable here.
Richard E Crouch, Purcellville