On Friday, the Trump administration took a major stand for the records and recollection of the American Civil War, promising to protect the legacy of so many who died in the bloodiest war in history.
On Wednesday, the Department of the Interior — headed up by Secretary Ryan Zinke — announced that they will not be taking down monuments of Confederate soldiers at national battlefields that are “an important part of our country’s history,” their spokesman states.
“The National Park Service is committed to safeguarding these memorials while simultaneously educating visitors holistically and objectively about the actions, motivations and causes of the soldiers and states they commemorate,” spokesman Jeremy Barnum told E&E News.
The National Park Service maintains numerous monuments to Confederate soldiers at battlefield sites across the country.
For example, Gettysburg, Penn., has 12 monuments to Confederate soldiers. The Battle of Antietam, which took place near Sharpsburg, Md., in 1862, has six Confederate monuments.
A Gettysburg National Military Park spokeswoman told The Evening Sun Wednesday they were not removing Confederate monuments to those who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
“These memorials, erected predominantly in the early and mid-20th century, are an important part of the cultural landscape,” Katie Lawhon said.
Zinke told reporters in July that battlefield monuments were worth preserving for their historical value.
“Don’t rewrite history,” Zinke said Antietam National Battlefield. “Understand it for what it is and teach our kids the importance of looking at our magnificent history as a country and why we are what we are.”
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