In the early hours of this very morning,
another monument of American Civil War History was
unceremoniously removed from its pedestal
in the city of New Orleans.
The city council decided that the statute is,
symbolic of the glorification of slavery and is one
of four Civil War monuments that has been
slated for removal by the city.
As an American born and raised in the North,
I am appalled by the actions of the New Orleans city council,
which has based its decision on a desire to erase
"the lost cause of the Confederacy".
In the words of Mayor Mitch Landrieu,
"We must not allow the Confederacy to be
put on a pedestal."
Well, like it or not, your Honor, the Confederacy, like the
Confederate flag, which has also come under attack in recent years,
is part of the history of the United States of America.
As reprehensible as it was, slavery, at one time in America,
was a legal business practice. A so-called, "necessary evil".
Today we abhor the very idea of human beings as slaves,
yet, many people see no wrong in taking the human
rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
away from defenseless unborn children.
Many today who are crying out to right the wrongs
of the past and demanding the removal of Civil War
statutes with the excuse that they are symbolic
of "the lost cause of the Confederacy"
are not only woefully ignorant of the history
of the Civil War, but many of them see
absolutely nothing wrong with a nearly full term infant
being halfway removed from their mother's womb and stabbed
in the base of the neck with a pair of surgical scissors to
remove their tiny brains, which are then sold for scientific
and medical research.
Adding insult to injury, many of the babies aborted in this
nation today are black Americans. And yet, abortion rights
advocates, many of whom are black American themselves,
and are members of, or, in some way affiliated with,
the left wing of the Democratic Party, extol the life of
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood,
who believed that black American babies should
be exterminated at birth or through abortion.
This is the reason why there are Planned Parenthood
clinics in every major city and large town across America.
Meanwhile, anyone who is actively opposed to the
wholesale slaughter of the innocent in our nation today,
particularly pro-life black Americans, are viewed with
the same hostility and contempt as those
who opposed the institution of slavery in
the years leading up to the Civil War.
General PGT Beauregard Equestrian Statue
New Orleans, Louisiana
Sculpted By Andrew Doyle
Who was PGT Beauregard?
A field of sugar cane in southern Louisiana
Born on May 18, 1818 on the
Contreras sugar cane plantation
in Saint Bernard Parrish, Louisiana
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard,
a man of French Creole descent,
was a soldier, a civil engineer,
writer, and civil servant.
During the Mexican War
1846-1848, Beauregard used the
skills he learned in civil engineering at
West Point on reconnaissance missions
against the forces of Mexico's
General Santa Anna.
Later, during the American Civil War, Beauregard became
the Commander of the Western Theater of the war, which
included the bloody Battle of Shiloh in Tennessee, and the
Siege of North Corinth in Mississippi.
Colonel Beauregard was often at odds with Confederacy
President Jefferson Davis, however,
both he and General Joseph H. Johnston
were instrumental in convincing Davis that they were going to
lose the war. In April, 1865 General Johnston surrendered most
of the remaining forces of the Confederacy, including Colonel
Beauregard and his men to Union Major General William Tecumseh Sherman.
After the war, Colonel Beauregard returned to Louisiana where
he became an executive on the railroad and grew wealthy as the
promoter of the Louisiana Lottery.
After receiving a pardon from President Andrew Johnson,
and regaining the right to run for public office
by President Grant in 1876,
Beauregard served as adjutant governor for
the Louisiana State militia. He was also an active member of
the Reform Party, an association of New Orleans businessmen
who advocated civil and voting rights for newly freed black slaves.
Beauregard was also the author of several books including,
"Principle and Maxims of the Art of War", "Report On The Defense of Charleston" and
"A Commentary on the Campaign and the Battle of Manassas".
When an epidemic of yellow fever
swept the city of New Orleans in 1879,
taking the lives of former Confederate General John Hood Bell,
his wife, Anna, and their oldest child, daughter, Lydia,
leaving ten remaining children destitute, Colonel Beauregard
used his influence to have his former comrade's memoirs
published, with the proceeds going to the children.
Colonel Beauregard died in his sleep on
February 20, 1893 in New Orleans.
Although political correctness triumphs once
again today with the surreptitious,
under the cloak of darkness removal of
his statue from a New Orleans park,
Colonel Beauregard was an American citizen,
and a proud son of the South, who served this nation
with honor and distinction. His legacy as one whose
life serves as a reminder of an important time
period in American History should not be forgotten.
Colonel Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
Under the sod and the dew,
Waiting the judgment day;
Love and tears for the Blue,
Tears and love for the Gray.
'"The Blue and The Gray"
Francis Miles Finch