I'm familiar with Antietam. You and I are on the same page. Putting up the statues in the first place was a sign of the times and so is removing them. I guess if it were a statue of me somebody wanted to remove I'd feel differently I am more interested in the real history, and sadly most people aren't. This includes the Lost Cause types and the deification. Similar mindset to contemporary Nazis who have zero understanding of what that was all about. Sort of a funny story. About ten years ago I was invited to a pig roast/bike rally at a nearby gun club. Not unusual for a club to rent out it's facilities for things like that. Nice day, cruised down there and saw absolutely nothing unusual. At first. The usual nitwits in their biker superhero outfits, lots of nice pig iron, food, booths selling handmade stuff, even kids and games and ice an cream stand. One thing though - I belatedly realized that there were Shutzstaffel Lightning Bolt runes all over the bikes and you betcha, swastikas. Could have bought myself some nifty bandannas, flags, stickers etc. Hooo boy - THAT caught me by surprise. Everyone was quite nice and I stayed just long enough to be polite and then leave to go do something I suddenly remembered. If we were to beam the lot of them back to the real Nazi Germany a la Twilight Zone I highly doubt they'd be too happy about it or that they would be embraced as kindred souls. Similarly if we did the same to the Lost Cause bunch I suspect their demi-gods would, at a minimum, look at them like they were f****ng nuts.