It was great opening the Aug. 14 edition of The Columbia County News-Times and reading T. W. Woody Highsmiths excellent column supporting the placement of a Confederate monument on the front lawn of the new Columbia County Justice Center. Might I add that anyone who votes no regarding this particular item will do so only out of ignorance, cowardice, or extreme prejudice against Southerners.
Furthermore, Columbia Countians should be tickled peach-pink that we have at least one newspaper in this area (thanks to Publisher Barry L. Paschal) which isnt biased against publishing a good Southern opinion. Newspapers are for reading and Southerners have a way of making them worth the read, if only they are allowed to do so.
Ill be voting yes for the monument, yes for a vote on the Georgia state flag and yes for Linda Shrenko to take on King Roy in the upcoming race for governor. As a Southerner and native of Columbia County, this is the least I can do.
I gladly dedicate this letter and vote in honor of my great-great-great Uncle Benjamin Fitzgerald, who at the age of 19 enlisted as a Confederate American soldier for the defense of states rights, Georgia and his Columbia County home. Unbeknown to brave, young Benjamin at the time of his enlistment, he would die only six months later in a Williamsburg, Va., hospital.
Gen. E. Porter Alexander Camp 158
Sons of Confederate Veterans
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