As further evidence that Kyle Graham's gotten exactly right what our motto should be here at the faculty lounge ("your go-to source for breaking news on Confederate monuments and eugenic experiments") ... and now that Owen's identified the Sussex County Court House, I want to talk a little bit about the Confederate monument on the courthouse's lawn!
And in particular I want to focus on the inscription in the front, "The principles for which they fought live eternally." This is in some tension with a monument at Appomattox Court House, whose monument speaks of "principles believed fundamental." Maybe I make too much out of the past tense on the Appomattox monument -- but certainly the Sussex monument is stark in its support of the principles of the war. And here's a picture of the entire monument with the courthouse in the background.
I highly recommend a visit to Sussex next time you're on I-95 south of Petersburg -- it's not too far off 95 and is an astonishingly beautiful hamlet.
One of these days I'll get back to talking about eugenics. I've been distracted of late with work on Nat Turner.