Editor: How about this for a compromise in the debate over the courthouse statue? Chisel out the word “Confederate” and substitute “American” so that it reads “In Memory of the American soldiers of Loudoun County, Va. erected May 28, 1908.”
The soldier himself is a generic young white Virginia male, not a specific person like Robert E Lee. We know that brothers fought brothers so the similarity is accurate. No other item on the statue mark it as either CSA or USA. Americans did fight on both sides. If necessary, perhaps the last line could be changed to “corrected November 2017.” No other change is needed.
History teachers in the future can challenge their students to find out what the correction was all about.
David Williams, Lincoln