Gettin’ the word out… about Lexington!

The Real History Behind Civil War Monument

Published in the Independence Examiner Sept. 04, 2009

By: Clint E. Lacy

Eastern Jackson County, MO —

To the editor:

The Missouri Sons of Union Veterans plans to place a monument to honor the men of Colonel Mulligan’s “Irish Brigade” at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.

The monument is to be made of African stone to symbolize the affect that the Civil War had on ending slavery and praises Mulligan and his men as “defenders” of Lexington.

On Sept. 17-20, 1861, Mulligan’s men, who numbered approximately 2,800 fought 10,000 Confederates led by Missouri’s General Price.
Under these circumstances, no one can doubt the bravery of the Irish brigade, however; that being said I feel it is important to address the historical inaccuracies of the proposed monument.

The case can be made that in 1861 slavery was not a factor in the war. Being new to the country, the men of Mulligan’s brigade most likely enlisted for a paycheck and citizenship than for lofty political ideals of the 2,800 men that Mulligan commanded only 350 were German “home guards”, the remainder being from Illinois.

Price’s Confederates were born and raised Missourians who were fighting to take their state back from invaders .

The monument was paid for through  sales of the book “The Chronicles of Lexington” written by Henry C. Davis which refers to Missourians as “pukeites”
To say that the Federals under Mulligan were fighting to liberate the slaves is misleading; to say that they were “defenders” of Lexington is a lie to fund the monument through the sales of the “The Chronicles of Lexington” is insulting.

From the Southeast Missourian Newspaper 09/08/2009

Coffee Camp calls on Rep. Skelton to boycott monument dedication

Clint E. Lacy ~ 09/07/09
Honorable Representative Skelton, It has come to our attention that you are scheduled to speak at the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Missouri Department, monument dedication to be held on September 26, 2009 at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site.

From the Southeast Missourian Newspaper 09/08/2009

Planned monument is misleading (09/08/09)
The Missouri Sons of Union Veterans plans to place a monument to honor the men of Colonel Mulligan’s “Irish Brigade” at the Battle of Lexington State Historic Site. The monument is to be made of African stone to symbolize the effect the Civil War had on ending slavery and praises Mulligan and his men as “defenders” of Lexington…

Contact Rep. Ike Skelton and ask him to not to attend the monument dedication to the invaders of Missouri on September 26, 2009.

Call Rep. Skelton:

Jefferson City Office: 573-635-3499

Washington DC Office: 202-225-2876

CLICK HERE TO EMAIL REP. SKELTON

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