Letter to the Editor

Civil War memorial is inaccurate

Monday, October 12, 2009

On Sept. 26 the Missouri Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War dedicated a monument to federal troops of Colonel Mulligan's Irish Brigade at the Battle of Lexington (Mo.) State Historic Site. The monument contained historical inaccuracies and was funded through the sale of a book that referred to Missourians as "Puke-ites."

Among the dignitaries speaking at the dedication was U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, who represents Missouri's 4th District and who, despite being informed of these facts, attended the event. In doing so, Skelton has decided to embrace revisionism instead of facts and has insulted not only those who reside in his district, but the entire state of Missouri as well.

Skelton is also an advocate of the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area, headquartered in Lawrence, Kan., which leads one to ponder the true purpose of the organization and whether or not Skelton is representing Missourians or a bureaucracy whose sole purpose is to benefit the state of Kansas.

CLINT E. LACY, Press Officer, Col. John T. Coffee Camp 1934, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Marble Hill, Mo.