Federal laws hold that soldiers who fought for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War are American heroes
During this Memorial Day period I thought it would be appropriate to mention a couple of laws that have been enacted by Congress.
Public Law 85-425 was enacted May 23, 1958. This law recognizes all members of the armed forces of the Confederate States of America the same as veterans of the Union during the Civil War. The act also provided pensions to the widows of veterans who served in the army and navy of the Confederacy.
Public Law 85-811 was enacted August 28, 1958. This law directed the Secretary of the Army to furnish Government headstones or markers at the expense of the U.S. for the unmarked graves of “soldiers of the Union and Confederate Armies of the Civil War.”
These two laws hold that soldiers who fought for the Confederate States of America during the Civil War are American heroes, the same as those who fought for the Union.
Accordingly, shame, shame on those who are removing the statues of Confederate war heroes or renaming schools and parks bearing their names just because those heroes might offend a few African Americans.
And to think that the Houston school board is spending 1.2 million taxpayer dollars to change the names of seven schools bearing the names of Confederate heroes who, with the possible exception of Robert E. Lee and “Stonewall” Jackson, 99 percent of blacks never heard of.
The law recognizes Confederate soldiers as American heroes and they deserve to be treated as such!