In regard to the controversy surrounding the Talbot Boys Monument, Councilmember Price’s proposal for a Unity Monument representing Talbot’s Confederate and Union soldiers, should be welcomed by all. My interactions with many in the community welcome this "unity” monument. These same folks have supported the Talbot Boys Monument; however, fear of retaliation and being falsely accused as “racist” or a “white supremacist” has kept them from speaking out. I suppose when you have no other defense, name calling is what happens. However, as the great Socrates said, “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”
The history surrounding the Talbot Boys and why they fought has been thoroughly addressed by many others in previous submissions. Only the historically ignorant who have no clue about the truth of our local history would consider removing the Talbot Boys Monument. Essentially, our Confederate ancestors fought an illegal invasion sent into our State by the tyrant Lincoln. These were brave men who considered their rights attacked and their constitutional liberties invaded. They were defending their families, their homes, and their country. I would hope that I would be as brave as them should such an unlawful invasion occur, and my liberties threatened.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “Fight for the things you care about.” Well, I care about the Talbot Boys Monument, and I will continue to fight for it. The “Move the Monument” coalition expects everyone to view and define the Talbot Boys Monument their way. Well, they don’t have the authority to do that. They don’t have the right to trample on what means something to others. This “coalition” has publicly proclaimed “Hate based” labels upon our Council members who didn‘t vote how the coalition wanted, and did so in the national press!
The Talbot Boys Monument matters; our heritage matter; our ancestors mattered, and we should continue to defend their honor. It is our duty to preserve Talbot County history. That history includes the valor and sacrifice of all soldiers, including the “Talbot Boys.” After the Civil War ended, our men in gray were accepted back into society by the United States and their fellow veterans that wore the blue. What has happened to their shared spirit of unity? Why can’t we come together like them, and work towards a common goal of the creation of a Unity Monument that will tell our unique Civil War history?