Pensacola's Confederate monument

How a society deals with death and remembrance says a lot about the nation as a whole and our society is unwinding daily.

As the War Between the States closed, and many wanted to put away any memory of this great national sadness, organizations began to emerge in the South to retrieve the Southern dead from far flung battlefields and honor them. The Ladies Memorial Association (LMA) arose to establish chapters around the South for the purpose of retrieving the dead and reinterring them in Southern cemeteries.

The LMA began in Winchester, Virginia in 1865 when Mary Dunbar organized a group of l...