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Posted March 29, 2013 | Leave a comment
Letter to the Editor: How about changing name to Sheridan Drive?
Larry Yates' campaign to rename Winchester's Jubal Early Drive after Union Major Gen. Robert Milroy (Letters, March 26, Northern Virginia Daily) so disparages the old Confederacy that even my Yankee Civil War reenactment friends will be astounded; anyone note the disrespectful reference to the "short-lived so-called 'Confederate Army'"?
To be sure, neither general's personality justified attaching his name to much of anything. Early was an unreconstructed racist to boot, whose hard views accorded with those of his contemporaries, Lincoln included. Milroy was an abolitionist in the mould of John Brown. However, in the rush to re-christen the roadway, are there not other considerations?
For example: comparisons of military accomplishment show Milroy the loser. Early wins whether in Mexico, in Florida against the Seminoles, or with the Army of Northern Virginia; certainly as victor over Milroy at the Second Battle of Winchester! A "demented and frantic battlefield general," Milroy is chiefly remembered for debacles.
I am amazed that anyone should seek to fasten Gen. Milroy once more upon the people of Winchester. If I shared Mr. Yates' hostile fixation upon Gen. Early and the "lost cause" ethos, and were also happy to embellish Winchester's old enemies, and disparage Gen. Early and the Confederacy by applying modern morality to those who lived 150 years ago, I would counsel Mr. Yates to just forget Milroy. Rather, go for real military quality, find a better northern general with valley service! How about the "Gen. Philip H. Sheridan Drive?"
Richard W. Hoover, Front Royal,
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