'Allow them all to rest in peace'

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"With malice toward none, with charity for all." Those are Abraham Lincoln's words of reconciliation at the ending of the war of "brother against brother."

He further tells us to "bind up the nation's wounds and to care for him who shall have borne the battle." Note that Lincoln did not say only bind up the wounds of the north or the union, but the whole nation. "To do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves."

Now 153 years later comes a Capital Times editorial supporting the despicable behavior of the Madison Mayor and Council in their action to rip out the plaques and any other reference to the southern cause and valor. And this is in a small designated area for the burial of the Confederate fallen.

Lincoln also observed that both sides prayed to the same God. And indeed families, north and south, sent their fathers, sons and husbands off to war and prayed for their safety and victory to defend their homes, their values and their honor. Did the Confederate men and boys fight with courage and valor, albeit for a different cause? Of course. And one cannot separate the individual's courage from his cause.

In any case, General William T. Sherman states it well: "war is hell," and the anguish of mothers is heard on both sides. And both sides fought for a cause they believed in. Let us at least allow them all to rest in peace.

Don Hilbig

Beloit

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