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RISING AGAIN: Defenders of Confederacy gather at Bentonville monument.
  • RISING AGAIN: Defenders of Confederacy gather at Bentonville monument.
Here's the Sunday update. The South continues to rise again, today in Bentonville, where 40/29 reports that 20 or so CSA irrregulars mustered to protect the Confederate statue on the town square from any invaders. None in evidence, but police closed streets around the square.

The defenders, member of the Brotherhood of the Southern Cross, said they'd be on guard as long as necessary. It's all about heritage, not racial discrimination, they say. And haven't we heard that line before?

40/29 helpfully provides the history of how this was one of the Lost Cause monuments, installed 43 years after the war by the Daughters of Confederacy to enoble the Lost Cause. As historical accounts note (words on paper, in other words) celebrants in Bentonville represented the seceding states and said their cause was just. As documents about Arkansas secession show, the driving force was preservation of slavery. When they say it isn't about white supremacy ... it's about white supremacy.

You won't find this on the statue of a generic soldier:

The first chapter of the Arkansas United Daughters of the Confederacy was founded in Pine Bluff in 1896. Over the next few decades, it installed monuments, lobbied state lawmakers, approved textbooks and sponsored initiatives to honor the aging Confederate veterans, and champion the “Lost Cause” perspective of the Civil War. The “Lost Cause” portrayed Confederates as noble soldiers fighting to defend their homelands. The "Lost Cause" history largely downplayed the role of slavery in the Civil War, and defended 20th Century Jim Crow laws. The minutes of the 1915 Arkansas Division of the United Daughter of the Confederacy’s state convention include an explanation of the “Necessity of the Ku Klux Klan," according to Logan's history.
40/29 notes the Facebook page of today's group of statue stalwarts:

The Facebook page says the group does not support hate, but supports "studying true history instead of what the Federals decided to tell because he who wins the war write the history books."
True history.

The statue, by the way, is not the former Confederate soldier, governor and senator, James Berry, who's history of mostly losing battles can be read here. Noted: He stopped a white mob from lynching black people who'd lynched a white rapist.

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