Hans Christian Heg: ‘We did it for you’

They went to [the Civil War] under the command of one of their countrymen, Col. Hans Christian Heg. Nine hundred and six men from Wisconsin formed the “Scandinavian” regiment. This was common practice of ethnic units that joined and fought together … Governor Alexander Randall appointed Heg commander of the regiment whose official name was the 15th Wisconsin.

Before the war he had been in the Wisconsin Wide Awakes, an anti-slave-catcher militia. His religion, his country, and his life were about freedom, opportunity and progress.

His statue, and that of Lady Forward (carved by a female Wisconsin sculptor) were both knocked down and defaced recently. Those that did it said it was to make us listen, and to have a conversation. I wonder if the protestors who destroyed the statue of Col. Heg and threw it in Lake Monona heard the voices of those Norwegian boys who lay buried in their graves dug long ago, after fighting for their strongest beliefs? Did they hear them say, “We did it for you”?

Source: Letters from Tribune Readers | Letters To Editor | hngnews.com

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9 Responses to Hans Christian Heg: ‘We did it for you’

  1. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    “I wonder if the protestors who destroyed the statue of Col. Heg and threw it in Lake Monona heard the voices of those Norwegian boys who lay buried in their graves dug long ago, after fighting for their strongest beliefs? Did they hear them say, ‘We did it for you’?”

    Were there a Pulitzer Prize for a “two sentence category,” whomever wrote this should dust off a place on their mantel!

    The Gotch

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  2. Gordy Sussman says:

    It depends if the sentiment was spoken in the Ebonic dialect.

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  3. Kevin S Wymore says:

    Excellent comment, David. I think it would further discourse about the Civil War statues, if instead of ripping them out, we would add something, as you have: A balanced, bronzed summary of who the statue portrays, why the statue exists, and what it memorializes. Then, the radicals would have no excuse for their self-absorbed actions.

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  4. sentient7 says:

    Far as I can tell, Heg was a distant family relative. I’m more than deeply offended by the mob.
    At least, I know have lost ANY reservation about using “any means necessary” if confronted by mobsters, anarchists, or commies, regardless their race.

    The act to trash the Heg statue validates the hypocrisy and ignorance of BLM. I have no White Guilt.

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  5. patrickmoloughlin says:

    Not only have their despicable “leaders” refused to voice ANY regret whatsoever, they have defended their wanton destruction of these symbols with ridiculous PC babble about how the city wasn’t living up top the values symbolized by the statues. Complete sophistry. But Madison liberals can’t kowtow fast enough. “How about we put up a statue of Vel Phillips?”

    This is infuriating. The implication is that the torn down statues were not politically correct ENOUGH, and a more acceptable one would be “safe” from their reign of terror. How revolting. Yep. keep feeding that alligator, maybe he’ll eat you last.

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    • Good Dog,Happy Man says:

      Our Lefty friends @Madison.com, i.e., the hive-minded, lockstep Lefties with bylines, have suggested Vel Phllips be honored with a statue as it checks off at least two boxes in their proglobotic playing of identity politics, but I’d prefer the original statues be restored.

      If Gov. Evers doesn’t direct it be done ASAP, my alternativee would be a statue of Milt McPike. He’s done more for blacks than will ever be recognized.

      Everyday I thank God we have the stupidest Lefty social justice warrior protestors on the planet.
      This generation of know-nothings couldn’t start a lawnmower, much less a revolution.

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  6. Kevin S Wymore says:

    Dog…Gee, at least I can start a lawnmower.

    I concur about the general blockheadedness of today’s Madison leftist, though. Where, in God’s name, is any appeal to altruism, decency to all persons arrested, etc.? Instead, in our airy bastion of academia, we get baseball bats, lighter fluid, and nihilism.

    No Martin Luther King Jr. in sight.

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  7. AdamC says:

    THEIR lives don’t matter to the Marxist anarchists and criminal thugs.

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