What to do about Stone Mountain

What to do about Stone Mountain

Regarding David Von Drehle’s Oct. 29 op-ed, "Can a mountain-sized tribute to the Confederacy be redeemed?":I know what to do about "this mountainous anachronism" of "three heroes of the Confederacy" in bas-relief on Georgia’s Stone Mountain. Don’t remove it. Counter it by carving a mountain-sized tribute to the Union, perhaps a bas-relief sculpture of the three heroes of the Union: Gens. Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman and Philip H. Sheridan. My "Union Mountain" would serve as a tribute to the bravery and heroism of all Union citizens who shook the South from the nightmare of slavery in our Civil War. Modern stone-carving technology could create a "gargantuan" work surpassing Stone Mountain’s as the world’s largest bas-relief sculpture. And its base could host a "Union Hall" countering Confederate Hall’s "foggy" narrative with one on the Civil War’s real reason: emancipation from slavery via the force of arms.

Lincoln already has his memorial. Union Mountain would memorialize the three men whose kinetic action under Lincoln’s leadership turned the Confederacy into a truly "Lost Cause."

Daniel Costanzo, Arlington

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