Army College May Dump Confederate 'Enemies'

Redecoration starts rumors about portraits of Lee, Jackson
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2013 1:09 PM CST
This 1864 photo made available by the Library of Congress shows Confederate Army Gen. Robert E. Lee.    (AP Photo/Library of Congress, Julian Vannerson)

(Newser) – Is the US Army War College about to take down its portraits of Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, and other Confederate officers? The institution in rural Pennsylvania is having a debate about it, the Washington Times reports. Rumors started when one faculty member took portraits of Lee and Jackson down in the hallway outside his office, prompting a Times story and a post from the school's commandant saying the professor had acted on his own.

But the school is conducting an inventory and reorganization of all its artwork, in the hopes of arranging them to form a historical narrative, and a college spokeswoman tells the Times that "at least one person has questioned why we would honor individuals who were enemies of the United States Army. There will be a dialogue." Taking them down, however, could spark a backlash. "This army now is not the army of Eisenhower, Patton and MacArthur, it's the army of political correctness," complained an anchor from KETK in Texas. (Read more Robert E. Lee stories.)

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