How about a history lesson .........
First of all, Confederate soldiers are officially considered American veterans and have the same protections as Union soldiers because of an act of Congress called Public Law 810 and other federal Union and Confederate soldiers are considered U.S. veterans under federal law, and that they would be entitled to the same benefits as Union soldiers today.
Second, Confederate soldiers and marines were officially made equal to U.S. Veterans by an act of Congress in 1957. Desecration of their graves (and possibly their monuments and memorials) is therefore a felony.
Third, Congressional Appropriations Act, FY 1901, signed 6 June 1900
Congress passed an act of appropriations for $2,500 that enabled the “Secretary of War to have reburied in some suitable spot in the national cemetery at Arlington, Virginia, and to place proper headstones at their graves, the bodies of about 128 Confederate soldiers now buried in the National Soldiers Home near Washington, D.C., and the bodies of about 136 Confederate soldiers now buried in the national cemetery at Arlington, Virginia.”
Fourth, my email and statment to our Board of County Commissionrs Dear Commissioners
Weather you agree or disagree, it should be left to the V O T E R S
This is a local issue and urge the Board to put it on the Ballot and let the Citizens and voters of Manatee decide this issue
Let's not forget we are talking about Veterans
There are at least 61 publicly-supported spaces dedicated to the Confederacy in Florida.
Pasco County (1887), named for Samuel Pasco, who fought for the CSA but spent much of the war as a prisioner of war. Pasco later became a state representative and US Senator from Florida.
Lee County (1887), named for Robert E Lee.
Hendry County (1923), named for Francis Asbury Hendry, a Confederate Captain and one of the first settlers in the area.
Baker County (1861), named for James McNair Baker, a lawyer and judge who sat as a Confederate States of America Senator from Florida.
Bradford County (1861), named for Captain Richard Bradford, who was killed in the Battle of Santa Rosa Island, becoming the first Confederate officer from Florida to die during the Civil War.
Levy County (1845), named for David Levy Yulee, a Florida businessman, senator, and strong supporter of slavery, who withdrew from the U.S. Senate in 1861 and served nine months in prison after the Civil War for supporting the Confederacy.
City of Lee, Florida named for Robert E Lee.
Jacksonville: Hemming Park/Hemming Plaza (1899) renamed in honor of Civil War veteran Charles C. Hemming
Miami: Robert E. Lee Park
Stonewall Jackson Memorial Highway, designated by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Chapters placed the following markers in the state:
The list goes on and on
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