Monday, September 18, 2017

Confederate War Horse Memorials Dishonored

In the dead of an August night this past summer, Baltimore officials unceremoniously removed from Wyman Park, near Johns Hopkins University, a magnificent equestrian statue of Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson, and Robert E. Lee. The monument was a gift from a local citizen and its 1948 installation had been delayed for twenty years due to the Great Depression and World War II. Maryland was a border state during the Civil War; Maryland was a slave state that did not secede from the Union. 

However ... there is an untold story here. That story is when the statue was ripped from its mountings, two magnificent war horses, Traveller and Little Sorrel, were also dumped as dishonored rubbish. Equestrian statues standing in American parks were meant to honor all war horses that served faithfully--and suffered mightily--during the American Civil War. Indeed, civilized people should remember these noble animals, especially as ignorant voices of today clamor to destroy them because they carry a warrior rider of the losing side. Once destroyed, these war horse monuments will be forever banished from our view, as never again will Americans ever erect equestrian statues.


Unknown said...

aw, poor horses. everyone knows that's what the statues represent. not the traitors who seceded from the union to fight a war with them because they didn't feel like giving up their slaves. all about the horses. why does america hate horses so? good blog, keep it u- oh wait you already gave up.

Edna Barney said...

Dear courageous 'Unknown' Commenter -- For your information, the United States does not consider Confederate soldiers as traitors! CONFEDERATE VETERANS ARE UNITED STATES VETERANS! Yes it is true. Pass it on. A Federal Act of Congress in 1958 declared All Confederate Veterans are recognized as United States Military Veterans and deserve all the rights and honors pertinent to such service. (Public Law 85-425, US Statue Volume 7, Part 1, Page 133)