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Cultural Genocide comes with many faces!

Homes project would bring new carnage to the battlefield

Regarding the article "Park neighbor:2,350 homes" [June 25],development such as that proposed near the Chancellorsville Battlefield is an outrage.

This ground is where several of the most significant battles of the war were fought, including Lee's most significant tactical victory and the battle that resulted in "Stonewall" Jackson's death.

The article says, "county officials have complained for years that the Civil War battlefields at Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House have limited economic benefit to the county because visitors tour them and then drive to Fredericksburg to spend money."

If this proposal is accepted, many fewer people will visit the battlefield. This includes me! Viewing the land is the key to understanding these historical events. There are also numerous unrecovered relics and (I'm sure) graves.

I hope that the people of Virginia have enough pride in their history and enough foresight to reject this.

John Wickett
Lafayette, Ind.

Date published: Sun, 07/07/2002
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From : Johnny Hostler
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Letter text:
Regarding the letter to the editor published on July 7th, 2002 by John Wickett from Lafayett, Ind. with respect to the article "Park neighbor:2,350 homes"[June25]development such as that proposed near the Chancellorsville Battlefield is an outrage.

To FORGET or OBLITERATE our past is to CONDEM our FUTURE!


First we have the NAACP Director Kweisi Mfume admitted that the Confederate flag is only the beginning of their efforts and plan to close battlefields, end reenacting and destroy Southern monuments. In a letter dated January 12, 2000, he states:

"As such, our principal objection and litigate efforts until now had been directed to the Confederate flag use as an official symbol. However, we feel we are at a great crossroad and feel that a compromise would not be beneficial to anyone. In the near future, efforts will be aimed at the removal of racist names, mascots,monuments; and ending the glorification of Confederate soldiers through what is termed reenacting. We also feel there could be better use of State and Federal resources by the closing of museums and battlefields, which are dedicated to the preservation of slavery."

And now we see the possibility that Spotsylvania County officials are considering the obliteration of 745 more acres of prime American History.

I have but one question to submitt to all Spotsylvainians is the taxes the County will gain worth the souls of the 2,000 honorable men whom fought and died on this parcel of land in the WAR OF NORTHERN AGGRESSION?

Lets see what will make print.
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Developers, Confederate-haters work hand in hand.

Regarding the Sunday letter by John Wickett of Lafayette, Ind. ["Homes project would bring new carnage to the battlefield," July 7], with respect to the story "Park neighbor: 2,350 homes" [June 25], development such as that proposed near the Chancellorsville Battlefield is an outrage.

To forget or obliterate our past is to condemn our future.

NAACP Director Kweisi Mfume admits that the Confederate flag is only the beginning of the group's efforts to close battlefields, end re-enacting, and destroy Southern monuments. In a letter dated Jan. 12, 2000, he states:

"As such, our principal objection and litigate efforts until now had been directed to the Confederate flag use as an official symbol. However, we feel we are at a great crossroad and feel that a compromise would not be beneficial to anyone.

"In the near future, efforts will be aimed at the removal of racist names, mascots, monuments; and ending the glorification of Confederate soldiers through what is termed re-enacting. We also feel there could be better use of State and Federal resources by the closing of museums and battlefields, which are dedicated to the preservation of slavery."

And now we see the possibility that Spotsylvania County officials are considering the obliteration of 745 more acres of prime American history.

I have but one question to submit to all Spotsylvanians: Are the taxes the county will gain worth the souls of the 2,000 honorable men who fought and died on this parcel of land in the War of Northern Aggression?

Johnny Hostler
Spotsylvania

Date published: Sat, 07/13/2002