So New Orleans isn’t the only place where monuments to Confederate soldiers are being taken down. In St. Louis, the removal of a monument discovered a time capsule incorporated into the structure:
[W]orkers found a stone tablet that read, “On this spot, a monument will be erected in memory of the soldiers and sailors of the Confederacy.” The monument was dedicated in 1914.
Inside the capsule, Trout expects to find documents, a magazine with an article about the monument, as well as a letter to whomever would access the trove, he said.
Given that the time capsule was placed so far into the monument’s base, the letter’s writer must have known that future readers only would access it if the monument were destroyed or disassembled.
In 1914 there might well have been people still alive who had personally fought in the Civil War, though they would have been in their seventies or older. Such a person seems the likeliest sort to have written something to put in this time capsule. I for one am fascinated to learn what someone in 1914, who thought it was a worthwhile endeavor to put up an elaborate monument to dead Confederate soldiers, would have to say to someone in his future who he knew would have determined to destroy that very same thing. A curse, or at least a rebuke along the lines of “Shame on you!” is my prediction, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
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