Brundage: “Well, just partially, but what I was going to say is white southerners knew they were losing the commemorative battle. Most people don’t pay attention to the fact that Washington, D.C., is an enormous shrine to Union generals. There are big, beautiful, impressive monuments to Union generals all over the city. If you stack up the Confederate memorials across the South against Union memorials . . . and the Union cause always has Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts monument in Boston, which trumps anything. The Confederate monuments often pale by comparison"(35-36).
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