New Orleans Waves Goodbye to Southern Heritage With Removal of Its Last Confederate Statue

Revisionist historians can take The South out of New Orleans, but they can’t take New Orleans out of The South.

On Friday, the last confederate statue is set to be taken down in the city of New Orleans, a city rich with historical significance for the nation’s Civil War.

The statue is of General Robert E. Lee, the most famous of Confederate generals. After presiding as superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1852-1855, Lee would turn down Lincoln’s offer to become a general in the Union’s army.

Instead, Lee would tender his resignation when Virginia seceded in April 1861, stating that he would not fight against his own people. The general would lead the Army of Virginia and become a military adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Louisiana would secede in January 1861. New Orleans, the largest of all Confederate cities — and one strategically placed at the mouth of the Mississippi River — was later captured in a Union naval assault on May 1, 1862.

Statues previously removed have been the Battle of Liberty Place, the Jefferson Davis monument, and the Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard.

While critics have argued that the monuments are “divisive,” many residents believe that the removals are erasing its history.

Watch the live stream of the event, taking place now:

Removal of the final Confederate statue in New Orleans

Removal of the final Confederate statue in New Orleans

Posted by NBC 15, WPMI – TV Mobile on Friday, May 19, 2017

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