Dane County Historical Society: let the memorial remain at Confederate Rest

Removing it would be ‘an injustice to history’

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June 18, 2018

Dear Members of the City of Madison Common Council,

The Board of Directors for the Dane County Historical Society is opposed to the removal of the stone cenotaph erected at Forest Hill Cemetery in 1906 which lists the names of the 140 Confederate soldiers who are buried at Confederate Rest. We are writing in support of local efforts to preserve this monument, and the story of those interred in that specific section of the cemetery.

The mission of the Dane County Historical Society is to preserve and disseminate the history of the county through its Otto Schroeder Records Center, events, and also its wide-ranging historical marker program. Forest Hill Cemetery and its role in Civil War history falls within the scope of the history which we wish to see interpreted and highlighted for the public. One of the more unique pieces of the history of the men buried at Confederate Rest, is that they would have been held at a prisoner-of-war camp at Camp Randall, a former training ground for Union troops, where several of those POW’s died from disease.

Our board of directors feels it is essential to history that this stone cenotaph, dedicated to those buried in the cemetery, remain where it stands. The most important element of the cenotaph is that it lists the names of the soldiers buried in that section of the cemetery in a unique burial ground for the remains of the men who fought for the Confederacy. Despite being born in states which seceded from the Union, the names of those soldiers should not be removed nor hidden. They should not be forgotten, as those men lived and died and were interred in Madison, Wisconsin. All of these are inarguable facts.

Should the decision be made to remove the cenotaph, our Board of Directors for the Dane County Historical Society strongly feels that a new interpretive sign needs to be erected in its place. A new sign would need to list the names of those buried at Confederate Rest, and explain the history as to why they were interred in the Forest Hill Cemetery, how their graves were cared for throughout the years, and acknowledge that it is the Northernmost burial ground for Confederate soldiers.

The Dane County Historical Society contacted several of our sister societies in the county boundaries, and among them there was a general consensus that to remove this stone would be an injustice to history. Taking away the stone and not replacing it with a plaque or monument would be an attempt to exclude an important part of the Civil War history which took place in Madison, Wisconsin.

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19 Responses to Dane County Historical Society: let the memorial remain at Confederate Rest

  1. Scott F says:

    A glimpse of sanity and reason in the people’s republic!


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Which is why it will have zero impact on the professional virtue signalers who want it gone. The letter claims (rightly) that removing the monument would “exclude an important part of …history.” This, of course, is the whole purpose behind the effort to remove it. Madison liberals love to paint themselves as champions of inclusivity but don’t hesitate to exclude inconvenient historical facts if doing so enables them, in their tortured logic anyway, to strike a blow against their favorite bete noire–RAAAAAAYCISM.

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  2. Turd Ferguson says:

    Yeah, but Matt Phair teaches history class, so he knows all about history. cuz he is a history teacher. When is the party to remove the stone! It is strange one would think if this was such a front to society wouldn’t the BLM’s and White Guilt Progressive party heads take sledge hammers to it. Be done with it for once and all.


  3. richard lesiak says:

    You have history being written along the border as we speak. A black, disgusting history that will follow our country forever. But of course we have this stone marker to fight over. Sad. Very sad.


    • madisonexpat says:

      What you posit is more of Obama’ Legacy. One of his minions decreed that if illegals brought a child they’d be released and hopefully show up for a hearing some day.
      So Obama incentivised putting these children at risk.
      I heard this on NPR today.
      Heckuva job, Barack.


      • richard lesiak says:

        And that justifies what trump and sessions are doing today?


        • madisonexpat says:

          President Trump and every rational being are enforcing the same law that every country enforces which tells people NOT to put their children at risk at our border.
          Obama turned the magnet on. Now its off and you can’t understand this.
          Zoltar is correct, the monument fight is strictly on you.
          Two more wins for reason.


      • richard lesiak says:

        The monument fight is on me? I got news for you ex; I don’t care. I have more important things going on than to spend a lot of time and energy on this. But; I can say that I’m happy for you guys. If this is the only issue that concerns you then God has smiled on you. May the trade war never touch your 401k and your children never live in a wire cage. Peace.


    • Another deflection from a Progressive troll.

      FYI idiot; the only reason the monument is being discussed is because Progressives and social justice warriors want to remove it. Your kind started it, so if your kind gives up and leaves the monument alone the fight is over.


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      What’s really sad is liberals who base their immigration policy on cheap grandstanding and sentimental claptrap (But–but–but think of the CHILDREN!) The latest immigration “crisis” is largely manufactured by Democrats desperate for an issue to keep their blue wave from further diminishing to a trickle and aided as usual by their cheerleaders in the MSM.


  4. Eric Z says:

    This just in, Madison common council passes a resolution to rename the historical society the hysterical society.


  5. madisonexpat says:

    Bravo Historical Society.


  6. Rich Eggleston says:

    I thought the Civil War was over. (…though Ron Chernow taught me differently!) Ten years after the war, George Cary Eggleston published his book and Franklin Sanborn, a biographer of John Brown (a more distant relation of mine) invited him to dinner. Yet, tonight, the matter of a Confederate monument is coming before the Madison City Council. Of course, this IS Madison. Talk about a warmed-over issue. I trust Sanborn served better fare.


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