That’s the response of the influential Civil War Trust, the nation’s preeminent Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefield preservation group, to efforts by local governments to dump troublesome monuments and statues on land the group has saved from development.
Washington-based Trust President Jim Lighthizer told supporters that communities instead should “augment these memorials with additional interpretation to help the public reflect on the many layers of their history.”
He explained that monuments, like those that sparked violence in Charlottesville, Va., last year, should be used as “educational tools” to explain the era in which they were installed. “While some were erected as political statements, many more were intended as a locus for collective grief as an entire community mourned its fallen sons,” he said in a letter published in the group’s magazine, “Hallowed Ground.”
Moving them to blood-stained battlefields would disrupt those grounds, Lighthizer said. “Aside from the immense costs in moving and maintaining such monuments, the Civil War Trust would not want to facilitate the loss of pristine battlefield landscapes by placing monuments where they were never intended,” he said.
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