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  • G E Mayers
    Mar 3, 2005
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      Dear Richard,

      Please contact me privately. Thanks.

      Very respectfully,
      G E "Gerry" Mayers
      Confederate Signal Corps,
      Longstreet's Corps



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      Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] NH at Antietam:


      > May I "amen" the amen????
      >
      > Richard
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      > From: "Brian Morris" <ironbrigade@...>
      > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Thursday, March 03, 2005 2:22 PM
      > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] NH at Antietam:
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      >> If the New Hampshire monument is allowed it will unfortunately be
      >> followed
      >> by other monuments. Perhaps many more. There are a good dozen or more
      > groups
      >> who are planning to push for their own monuments so this isn't just about
      >> one monument but perhaps a score more for Gettysburg, Antietam and other
      >> battlefields.
      >>
      >> The problem is the political trap that this proposal is putting
      > politicians
      >> in. Nobody wants to be seen at voting against a memorial. Looks bad when
      >> your opponent can say "and my opponent voted against allowing a memorial
      > to
      >> honor the sacrifice of our good men in uniform".
      >>
      >> We've had discussions on this in the Gettysburg Discussion Group. These
      >> monuments are often called Hobby Monuments but I prefer to call them
      >> graffiti by monument. People want to get their favorite
      >> regiment/state/soldier/whathaveyou a monument on their favorite
      > battlefield.
      >> However I always like to use the line from the third Indiana Jones film
      > that
      >> goes "Do you seek the grail for his glory or for yours". Unfortunately I
      >> think in the case of the New Hampshire monument like many other proposals
      >> it's more of a case of wanting the thrill of placing a monument on their
      >> favorite battlefield that can never be removed. They feel it gives them a
      >> closer connection to the field. Graffiti by monument.
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      >> The job of this and future generations is not to decide that the veterans
      > of
      >> the battle didn't do a good enough job putting memorials on the
      > battlefield
      >> so we have to add our own. Our job is to preserve the battlefields as
      >> they
      >> were left to us. We can preserve and restore but we should never have the
      >> ego to think that we have the right to add. There is a saying in cave
      >> exploring. Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but pictures.
      >> Future
      >> generations should see Gettysburg, Antietam and other battlefields as
      > close
      >> as we can to how the veterans intended and not even know we were ever
      > there.
      >>
      >> Brian
      >>
      >>
      >> >
      >> > No there are no NH monumnets at Antietam, YET! The state is pushing
      >> legislation and has plans to erect a new monument near Burnside Bridge.
      >> Myself, along with the majority of the Directors of SHAF, think it is a
      >> terrible idea to put new monuments on the any battlefield. I'll keep you
      >> posted.
      >> >
      >> >
      >> > Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
      >> > Professor of History
      >> > Hagerstown Community College
      >> >
      >> >
      >> >
      >> > >>> rotbaron@... 3/3/2005 10:25:46 AM >>>
      >> >
      >> > Are there any memorials at Antietam to New Hampshire units (tablets,
      >> markers, monuments)? I am having hard time tracking moves of 6th and 9th
      > NH
      >> east of the creek. More on that later.
      >> >
      >> > I'm almost done my summary of the action east of Burnside's Bridge, and
      > I
      >> do appreciate the great assistance I've been given by this group.
      >> >
      >> > One question remains unanswered: what two companies of the 11th Ohio
      >> opened the fight?
      >> >
      >> > Tom Shay
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