We present to you the 14 alders who voted May 1, 2018 to uproot the memorial stone commissioned by Madison’s veterans of the Union cause in the Civil War. Men who shed their own blood to fight slavery and preserve the union, men who heeded Abraham Lincoln’s exhortation to “bind up the nation’s wounds.”
These warriors who sounded the Battle Cry of Freedom solicited donations from their former adversaries in the south to erect a memorial to the Madison woman who cared for the potters field containing the remains of 140 Confederate soldiers who died in captivity at Camp Randall in 1862. That woman, Alice Whiting Waterman, lived in the home of Union Captain Frank Oakley and died there in 1897. Oakley had been an adjutant for General Lucius Fairchild, who lost an arm at Gettysburg and who, as governor from 1866-72, helped Mrs. Waterman preserve Confederate Rest cemetery.
The veterans of the Civil War, as the Lucius Fairchild Post #11 of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), celebrated the dedication of the memorial stone in 1906. Now, 112 years later, with nary a complaint in all that time, Madison alders who have never “borne the battle” for freedom in any conflict have decreed that the memorial stone is a stealth monolith in defense of slavery, a talisman stoking racism. For they are Madison alders, and their virtue is of greater purity than the noblest being, even those who freed the slaves and secured the protection of their rights as citizens under the U.S. Constitution.
The Revisionist 14
Tell these good folks you want to know the date and time the forklift loads the monument onto the flatbed truck. Ask if a celebration will be scheduled for the occasion. Speeches, brass band, patriotic songs, punch and cookies afterward to mirror the one held at Confederate Rest cemetery in 1906.
Ask them to apologize to these folks: