Letter to the editor: Leave the monuments alone

Confederate memorial at Walton County Historic Courthouse

The signatures on this petition represent the many that are against the removal of all monuments located in The State Of Georgia! These monuments are to pay tribute to our local heroes of all walks of life that paid the ultimate sacrifice to fight for freedom of all lives. My family like others in this state fought for the Confederacy and I do not want to see the memories of these brave men erased!

My great Grandfather Sidney Ross Ellington 1847-1916 Fought in the War of Northern Aggression and was wounded captured and came home to father 20 children. 2 of my 2 Great Great Grandfather’s lost their lives within a month of one another in 1862 Pvt Reuben Hawk “RH” Clay BIRTH 1825 Columbia County, Georgia, USA DEATH 5 May 1862 (aged 36–37) Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA BURIAL Oakwood Cemetery Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA And Thomas Phillip Jones Stark Jan 12, 1836 Walton County, Georgia, USA Jul 19,1862 (aged 26) Richmond City, Virginia, US Oakwood Cemetery Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA My great Grandfather also had several brothers that were Civil War Veterans Albert Harvey Ellington October 26,1843-December 22,1919 William Archibald Ellington January 20, 1849- March 11, 1918 and 3 uncles James Ellington September 12, 1820- September 23.1864 “Died from Typhoid while home on Furlough” Sidney Ross Ellington September 8, 1832- July 24,1862 “Died of Dysentery While Home On Furlough” Stephen Benjamin Ellington 1838-May 3, 1863 “Killed In The Battle Of Chancellorsville”

This is just a small part of my family there are many more! I do not agree with slavery but I do admire these gallant men and all of the others who left their homes to fight for what they thought was right at the time! The civil war more about tariffs and taxes and less about Slavery which was only one issue States rights was the main issue! Put a plaque in front of the statues telling both sides of the story but leave these monuments in place so we can honor our ancestors the same way you want to remember yours!

Sincerely George S. Ellington Lawrenceville Georgia “I Grew Up In Covington”

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