Virginia Abernethy Writes On The Federal Law That Protects Confederate Memorials


Re: Steve Sailer’s blog item Pro-Castro Madison Mayor Desecrates Cemetery Memorial To Confederate POWs Who Died Due to Union Neglect

From: Virginia Deane Abernethy [Email her]

The Federal, State and local law enforcement needs to enforce the law. I was forwarded this:

Confederate soldiers, sailors, and marines who fought in the Civil War, were made U.S. Veterans by an act of Congress in 1957. U.S. Public Law 85-425 May 23, 1958 (H.R. 358) (Attached & Link Below)

This made the Confederate Army, Navy, and Marine Veterans equal to U.S. Veterans. Additionally, under U.S. Public Law 810 approved by the 17th Congress on 26 Feb 1929, The War Department was directed to erect headstones and recognize Confederate grave sites as U.S. War grave sites.

Just for the record, the last Confederate veteran died in 1958. So, in essence, when you remove a confederate statue, monument, or headstone, you are in fact removing a statue, monument, or headstone OF A U.S. VETERAN.

U.S. Public Law 85-425 May 23, 1958 (H.R. 358)

“(e) For the purpose of this section, and section 433, the term ‘veteran’ includes a person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, and the term ‘active, military or naval service’ includes active service in such.

Virginia Deane Abernethy is an emeritus professor at Vanderbilt. See previous articles and letters by her.