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An Open Letter – General Edmund Kirby Smith

April 10, 2020

General Edmund Kirby Smith

Dear Ms. Lunelle,

On the nights of Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9, 2020, I would fall asleep, and find myself dreaming about those who spearheaded the meretricious evil agenda to marginalize and destroy the legacy of a man whose life is the personification of honor; “The Honorable Edmund Kirby Smith.”

Smith was a career United States officer in the Mexican-American War; served as Professor of Mathematics at West Point, 1866-1868; served as President of the Atlantic and Pacific Telegraph Company, 1870-1875; served as Chancellor of the University of Nashville, 1875; served as Professor of Mathematics and Botany at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee.

He is credited with collecting and describing several species of plants native to Tennessee and his home state of Florida. He bequeathed his collection to the University of Florida. His papers have been collected at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (Edmund Kirby Smith Papers)

During World War II, the 425′ Liberty ship, SS E Kirby Smith, was built in Panama City, Florida, and named in his honor. In 1922, the state of Florida rightfully erected a statue honoring Smith in the National Statuary Hall Collection of the United States Capitol.

On March 19, 2018, yankee born Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation to replace the Cenotaph of Smith in Statuary Hall. The reason given was that Smith, too, was a Confederate General who served with distinction in the War for Southern Independence from 1861-1865, and was one of the last to surrender his troops on May 26, 1865.

Thus, following the pandemic of Southern, social, cultural and heritage genocide spearheaded by Nikki Haley and the Northern fake news media, the greatest evil of all to justify this replacement, which is no different than the modus operandi of reconstruction, is replacing the Smith Cenotaph with civil rights activist, and educator, Mary Bethune, a Black woman to justify this great evil aimed at the Southern white man.

I wonder what the family of Dr. Alexander Darns, Aide de Camp of General Smith, thinks of this. (See Dr. Alexander Darnes of Jacksonville, Florida). God bless you!

Your brother,