The gray-haired enthusiasts who march through Richmond shouting "Kill Yankees!" are doing little to inspire a new generation.
On Saturday, the Sons of Confederate Veterans were forced to relocate an event that had been scheduled at St. Paul's Episcopal Church as part of their national rally. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis all prayed at the church at one point or another during the war. It was there in April 1865 that Davis learned that Richmond must be evacuated. So why the cold shoulder?
It's hard to tell at this point, but here is what we know. This weekend, the Sons of Confederate Veterans held their National Heritage Rally in the city, which was to include a panel discussion at the church titled "Debunking the Myth of the White Confederate Military." The panelists were to include Teresa Roane archivist at the Museum of the Confederacy and Eric Richardson, who is currently a graduate student in history at North Carolina Central University. The panel was to be followed by a revival service at the church.
The day began with a small rally of SCV faithful at the Lee monument on Monument Avenue. At least one unit marched while chanting the following:
What do we do?
All of them!
Apparently, some time on Friday, officials at St. Paul's canceled the church portion of the event. I have no idea why they did this, though it seems safe to assume that enough people within the church community voiced their disapproval. What we do know is that the SCV has done everything in its power over the past few years to alienate reasonable people.