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Confederate Monuments: Dealing with Tough History

Unveiling of Confederate monument, Arlington Cemetery, Va., June 4, 1914. National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress)

In Ulysses S. Grant’s first inaugural address in March 1869, he discussed the way in which each section of the country should come together and settle their differences after the Civil War. He stated that it should be “approached calmly, without prejudice, hate, or sectional pride, remembering that the greatest good to the greatest number is the object to be attained.”

Grant’s words are more relevant than ever. The Civil War is still remembered in history books, museums, artifacts, reenactments, and preserved battlefields. It is a scar that is not going away any time soon. The memory of that war continues to shape social ideologies and political discourse in this country.

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Hancock County, West Virginia and the Start of the Civil War

Virginia, the home state of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, was notably divided during the Civil War. The growing factions were evident in the state’s most northern reaches. In May 1861, pro-Unionists in Hancock County, VA(now West Virginia), decided to organize a company of men to help fulfill President Abraham Lincoln’s call for 75,000 volunteers. The enlistments were for only three months, but those men quickly cemented their place in history by fighting in the first military land engagement of the Civil War, which catapulted Union General George B. McClellan to the national stage.

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