There was a statue that stood at Prince and Washington Streets in Alexandria, Virginia. It stood there since the 1890s as a memorial to Alexandria's Confederate dead. As I recall there were 110 names on the pediment. The city in 1860 had 12,000 inhabitants, 3/4 of them White and the rest mostly slaves but some free Black people, a few of whom owned slaves. The dead were mostly from the 17th Regiment of Virginia Volunteer Infantry (the Alexandria Regiment). The regiment had its pre-war roots in the 6th Battalion of Virginia Militia. The leaders of that militia battalion were local community notables. The men were a mixed lot of people from the town and the proximate countryside. Two additional companies were raised for the fight for Virginia independence from the parishioners of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic parish in Virginia. George Washington was a sponsor of the foundation of the parish around 1800 although he was an Anglican. The flags of these two companies of Irish and Italian immigrant laborers were blessed by the Dutch Jesuit pastor at the altar.
The statue and its pediment with the names is gone now, reclaimed by the United Daughters of the Confederacy before the mob inspired by the leftist city council and mayor could ravage and desecrate it. I drove by the site today. The city has been disemboweled.
A company from Front Royal was added to to the 17th when it was mustered into the Confederate forces at Manassas.
The subject of the TREASON of the Confederates is now a fresh topic in the context of anarchist attacks, Marxist politics and the ongoing rebellion of the oh, so indoctrinated "Ute" ("My Cousin Vinnie").
The accusation that they fought to keep Blacks enslaved is also quite current.
The mobs in the streets are seeking to destroy America as it has been. The great internal war of the 19th Century and its political context have become relevant to the discussion of who we really are.
I appeal to you all to write up your views and I will post them if they are of any value. pl