Letter: Earl W. Hower, Leesburg

Editor: I have two words that best describes an article featuring the essay “The Important History of The Brave American Veterans Who Sacrificed Their Lives from 1775 to the Current Date for American Freedom” in a recent Loudoun Now … “Awesome job!”

However, after reading this again, I thought more about it and quickly came up with two other words: “What’s missing?” Yes, oddly the Loudoun County Courthouse lawn is missing an obvious war memorial. 

It has been said that during this particular war “no county in Virginia that did not witness a decisive battle suffered more than Loudoun.” While locally hundreds of friends and family members chose to take opposite sides of this conflict, dozens of Loudouners died during “some of the darkest parts of American history.”  A war that an estimated 620,000 men—roughly 2-pecent of the nation’s population—lost their lives in the line of duty: The Civil War.

Perhaps it is time that we install a large, plain, white granite headstone with a simple bronze plague that reads: “In memory of those Loudoun County residents who fought for states’ rights, to preserve the union and to abolish slavery. 1861-1865”

Earl W. Hower, Leesburg

13 thoughts on “Letter: Earl W. Hower, Leesburg

  • 2022-08-17 at 6:30 pm
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    With all due respect, it’s a terrible idea to erect a Civil War monument containing the phrase “states’ rights.” My goodness. The Southern states wanted to assert their authority over the federal government so they could abolish federal laws they didn’t support — especially laws interfering with the South’s right to enslave individuals & treat them as they pleased. That sad state of affairs never should be glorified in a monument. On a brighter note, Happy Fajita Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-08-17 at 10:19 pm
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    The best solution to all this PC nonsense I’ve heard to date
    Hoorah!

  • 2022-08-18 at 8:18 am
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    The writer makes a sensible approach but it is inevitable someone will be offended.

  • 2022-08-18 at 12:46 pm
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    We certainly can’t erase history and forget that men fought to continue to institution of slavery. I don’t feel obligated to honor their cause, even with a wink and nod, as the poster suggests.

    • 2022-08-18 at 5:54 pm
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      AND those who fought against it?
      OR were drafted into the CSA upon threat of death?
      OR even Blacks who fought in the CSA?

      You do realize that there is no mention of the war, whatsoever … literally the erasure of American history.

  • 2022-08-19 at 8:07 am
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    Wake up Tim. The constitution is based on limited federal authority that explicitly recognizes states rights. The federal government only has rights specifically enumerated in the constitution.
    These distinctions were particularly sensitive in the early years of our republic when the tyranny of a central government, namely England, was fresh.

  • 2022-08-21 at 1:47 pm
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    Any monument or memorial to honor those that fought to continue slavery, under the guise of “states rights,” should not be placed on American soil, and especially not on public spaces. The best place for these memorials that were installed mostly during the Jim Crow era, should be in African American museums. This way museum attendees can learn the proper context about the CSA which was a pro-slavery nation at war with the United States. There is no honor in dehumanizing, owning, and other atrocities against anyone because of their race. Doesn’t matter if it happened elsewhere, doesn’t matter how many, but it does matter it happened in the United States and people went to war over it. This is a national stain that needs to be dealt with honestly and openly and no more whitewashing.

    • 2022-08-24 at 2:52 pm
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      And remember to say who it was that fought to preserve slavery and created the whole concept of Jim Crow… the Democratic Party. All of the history that is being whitewashed is the ugly history of the Democratic Party. There was no “big switch.” That is yet another Democratic Party lie. Think about it: if the parties really did have a “big switch” in the 1960s-1970s, why did it take until the 1990s before the Democratic Representatives and Senators get replaced by Republicans? As it has been said, “The Republicans freed the Democrats’ slaves and the Democrats have been making the Republicans+ pay for it ever since.”

      • 2022-08-24 at 4:19 pm
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        and the earth is round, what does this have to do with the conversation?

        • 2022-08-25 at 2:27 pm
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          It has everything to do with the whitewashing to which you refer. Democrats are embarrassed by their history and do a wonderful job of projecting their flaws onto everyone else. It’s time people recognized the Democrats for what they are… because they have never actually changed.

  • 2022-08-22 at 3:31 pm
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    Most southerners and most confederate soldier’s did not own slaves and were not fighting to continue slavery. Most were fighting against what they perceived as aggression by northerners and tyranny of the federal government. At the time, there was tremendous distrust of the federal government and most US citizens identified with their states not the the federal government. This included northern states..
    Many descendants of these confederate soldiers view their ancestors with respect and value memorials that honor them.
    Judging these soldiers and their descendants by the values and perspectives of current times is simplistic and ignorant.
    Of course , the institution of slavery is abhorrent and I expect the descendants of southerners from that time would agree.
    It would be wiser to follow the example of Lincoln who urged the nation to treat the defeated southerners with respect .

    • 2022-08-24 at 9:31 am
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      Thanks paulmase. I hear you, but again, I just don’t buy your or others sugarcoating and out of context wording for the behavior that took place then and now. Regarding the “tremendous distrust,” please note it primarily was inspired from plantation owners who started false rumors that initiated much of that hatred to the United States. Lots of examples of this if you do a bit of research. It all falls along the same them- hate or blame others. No matter how much sugarcoating southern sympathizers attempt, it doesn’t change the fact CSA soldiers were fighting for- preserving slavery. And, it was not initiated by the United States govt, but it was initiated by those in the south who wanted to preserve slavery, which led to the succession, which led to Lincoln going to war for the protection of the entire United States note: Lincoln’s primary goal was to preserve the nation and democracy during and after the war. After the war your comment about Lincolns “respect” for the south, if keeping in the proper context, it was all for healing and reconstruction of the United States. Not just some blind respect as if the south fought for some noble cause. That was his primary goal, and he was clearly aware that demonizing the south after winning the war, would not lead to a healed nation. Just read his second inaugural speech, and his words were about healing, reconstruction and preserving the United States on all sides. That is the proper context your word of “respect” should include.
      We still face similar conditions today, that range in the spectrum of falsehoods, to abuse and murder of others whose race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. does not fit someone’s view of what America is or they may not understand their emotions fully, but in the end it results in hating and blaming (usually from falsehoods). Your attempt to persuade people they should honor folks that fought against the United States (because descendants honored them, because they fought on the basis of falsehoods, or because of just down right racism) is not the healing and reconstruction that Lincoln dreamed of then or would have today.

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