In Confederate Territory

Yesterday Kish and I went exploring the area around the Homestead and ended up at the Bath County Courthouse in Warm Springs, Virginia.

I guess I should have expected to see a monument to Confederate soldiers on courthouse square, just as you see monuments to Union soldiers on courthouse lawns in Ohio. Still, it was a bit jarring for a lifelong Northerner like me to see the statue, with the inscription “Lest We Forget” — erected in 1922, more than 60 years after the Civil War began. What was it, I wonder, that the people of Bath County of that day wanted to remember about that terrible conflict?