The South Will Not Rise Again, Sorry.

Day 306

   Pierre Gustave Toutant-Beauregard (General G.T. Beauregard) was born May 28, 1818 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, about 20 miles outside New Orleans. He was superintendent at West Point in 1861, however, after the South seceded he resigned from the United States Army and became the first brigadier general in the Confederate States Army.  He commanded the defenses of Charleston, South Carolina. On April 12, 1861 he fired on Ft. Sumter, signaling the beginning of the Civil War.   Three months later he won the First Battle of Bull Run near Manassas, Virginia. He distinguished himself throughout the Civil War. 

     He is honored by an equestrian statute in City Park, New Orleans. The corner stone placed November 14, 1913. In 1999 the statute was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

     The Jefferson Davis Monument, also known as the Jefferson Davis Memorial, is an outdoor sculpture and memorial to Jefferson Davis, installed at Jeff Davis Parkway and Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was dedicated February 22, 1911. 

     The Robert E. Lee Monument is appropriately located in Lee Circle, a main intersection and centrally located in New Orleans. It was dedicated February 22, 1884 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

     What is the significance of these three monuments? The Mayor and Legislature of New Orleans agreed with descendants of the freed slaves to remove these monuments as they promote racism. Last week the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the City could remove the monuments. 

   This appears to be the last nail in the coffin to prevent the South from rising again. 

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