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The "TRUE" charge ~
E.O. Cailleteau - Dreux Camp 110 - Louisiana
"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish. Are you also ready to die for your country? Is your life worthy to be remembered along with theirs? Do you choose for yourself this greatness of soul?"
- Lt. Gen. S.D. Lee
Denne A. Sweeney - Lt CIC, SCV - email@example.com
Vanderbilt reverses 1989 position on "Confederate" name
"It appears that the mutual intent [of the UDC and Peabody College] was to honor Confederate war dead and their descendants. It also appears to me that the building would not have been constructed had it not been for the important financial commitment of the Tennessee Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a commitment that was fulfilled during the depression years.
"Based on the history of the building as currently available to me, and the absence of any indication that the naming of Confederate Memorial Hall by George Peabody College for teachers was in any sense intended to support either slavery or any other form of prejudice toward Blacks, I am not inclined to recommend a change in the name to Vanderbilt's Board of Trust."
This letter is interesting because it refers to a "mutual intent," which became an important ingredient of the contract between the UDC and Peabody, and which ingredient is both reflected and memorialized in writing: The words "Confederate Memorial" are carved in stone!
This letter is also interesting because then-Chancellor Wyatt opines that there is nothing inherently offensive underlying the dormitory's name.
I think the UDC has the standing to maintain an action
against Vanderbilt on a contract theory, and several equitable theories,
and I think it can be won (if Vanderbilt's absurd decision is not first
won in the court of public opinion).
Correspondence received ~
George M. Church, Past Commander
With kindest regards,
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