Towards the end of the Civil War that actually pinned brother against brother, cousin against cousin, Confederates began to recruit the very young and the very old. In the end, over 600 thousand men perished including the youth and the aged.
Whether the passing soldier fought willingly for the Confederacy or fought because he was conscripted, their place in the afterlife is between that soul and God. I do not judge their outcomes. May the Almighty show mercy on their souls. All I know is that war stinks.
So remove these statues from public grounds where their existence conjures up so many fears for both young and old and put into cemeteries or museums.
And pray that we never settle our differences in this manner ever again.