“Too often the threats to our priceless historical treasures go unnoticed,” said Trust President James Lighthizer. “This report is a rallying cry to the nation, a powerful reminder that our most hallowed ground may still be in imminent danger.”
When Virginia seceded from the Union, his loyalty to the United States led him to flee north and continue to serve with the Union Navy — a "betrayal" that residents of this southern city didn't forget.
The Confederate leaders memorialized on Richmond's Monument Avenue were once revered, but have become flashpoints in a national debate about how symbols of slavery and white supremacy should be treated today.
The U.S. Navy's triumph at Mobile Bay, combined with victorious Federal ground campaigns in Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia, helped reelect Abraham Lincoln and doomed the Confederacy to defeat.