Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Move The Museum

The time has come to move the Museum of the Confederacy. Feeling ever more squeezed out by Richmond, Museum officials are searching for a new location. I say it's time for that to happen. There are several Virginia locations much better suited to such an institution.

Richmond and the legislators that haunt the area each Winter and Spring showed last month just how embarrassed they are to live in a state associated with anything from the 1860s. History be damned. I could go into the many reasons besides slavery that lay behind the war, but what's the use? Should the Pastor turn around in mid sermon and preach only to the Deacons sitting behind him? Liberals and Political Correctness have decreed that slavery was the sole factor in the conflict, so that's that. We must surely be racists to even attempt to explain otherwise. History be damned. If you are predisposed to listen to my history lesson, you've obviously already learned the history. If not, you have no interest in learning and will simply close your ears and chant "lalalalala" in order to tune it out.

As I said, there are many suitable locations for a relocated Museum of the Confederacy. Lexington comes immediately to mind. Somewhere near the final resting place of General Robert E. Lee. Traveler is there as well along with Lee's beloved Virginia Military Institute. Washington and Lee University, Lee's Chapel and Museum, and many other related landmarks are in Lexington.

The last Capitol of the Confederacy, Danville, would also be a suitable location. One that I believe would welcome such an institution with open arms. Montgomery Alabama, the first Capitol, or Fort Monroe, the prison which held President Davis are both excellent choices as well.

And there's one more. One that does not immediately come to mind when one thinks of such things, but one that would be just as fitting. Of course it would require a little road work on one of Virginia's most neglected sections of US Highway, but I'm sure that is coming sometime soon now that a steady source of Transportation Fund dollars has been found. (Thank you Roscoe Reynolds and Ward Armstrong, NOT.)

Of course I'm speaking of the old town of Taylorsville. Near the birthplace and home of James Ewell Brown Stuart, the town of Taylorsville is now known as Stuart in his honor. I think the Museum would be right at home here on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge.

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