Originally created 01/12/00

Notes irony at former Yankee camp



I agree with Curtis Choplin (letter, Dec. 27) that Andersonville had several Northern parallel prisons, one being Camp Douglas in Chicago where my husband's great-great-grandfather died of starvation and pneumonia and was buried in a mass grave. Like Point Lookout, Camp Douglas prison dead were also stacked like cordwood, tossed into graves and never identified. At least at Andersonville, the aggressors were identified and buried separately -- another reason why Southerners will never forget the war.

I recently responded to a Northern whine that we go on and on about the war by saying that Gen. William Sherman's grave-robbing raids are a little hard to forget! So are mass graves.

One refreshing note on Camp Douglas: A funeral home now occupies the former campsite and the owners built a memorial to both sides of the conflict, with appropriate flags flying each day to remember the fallen ... and the remarkable aspect? The owners are a black family, whose patriarch recently passed away after being awarded numerous citations and recognition from Northern and Southern heritage groups, including the Sons of Confederate Veterans. They welcome visitors to explain why they fly the Confederate flag, despite pressure to take it down.

Likewise, the people of South Carolina need to stand firm in honoring their Confederate dead.

Laurie Lane, Evans