‘Forgotten’ Horseshoe Bend is a lesson for New Orleans’ Civil War monuments

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The park welcomed me with a grand sign typical of the National Park Service’s careful attention to detail and rustic aesthetics. The next sign I read changed my perspective on the battle.

Third-grade Alabama history is the gift that keeps on giving, even 45 years on. (Thanks Mrs. Virginia Harless Cook!)

This time it was the inspiration for this opinion piece in The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina in which I apply the lessons I learned about the horror of an Andrew Jackson-led Indian massacre to what’s going on new in New Orleans and other places debating Civil War memorials.

Let me know what you think.

To learn from the past, keep its monuments

 

 

Writer Mary Ward Brown of Marion, Alabama, 95

Writer Mary Ward Brown of Marion, Alabama, 95

A Southern writer I’ve only become aware of because she died. How did I miss her? I think a trip to the library is in order.