In a word we propose to show that this book is utterly unfit to be taught in our schools—that our school boards and teachers ought not to adopt it, and that Southern parents ought not, under any circumstances
, to allow their children to study it. Better let them grow up in profound ignorance of the history of their country than to receive this garbled and false account.
We had purposed beginning our review in this number, but finding ourselves ‘crowded out’ by press of other matter we defer our first paper until our next issue.
In the meantime, however, we feel called upon to express now our opinion of this book, to call upon our bretheren of the press all through the South
to join us in making war upon its introduction into our schools, and to ask our Confederate soldiers everywhere to read its account of the origin, progress and close of the war, and to send us their criticisms upon the narrative, or at least their opinion of the propriety of its use in our schools.
It may be proper for us to add that we make war on this book in the interest of no other history or publisher under the sun,—that we have no connection with, or interest in any rival book—that we regard this as no worse than some other Northern
‘School Histories’ of the United States
(indeed not as bad as the majority of them),--but that we single this one out for the reason that it is already somewhat extensively used in the South
, and is likely to be yet more generally used unless the friends of truth rally against its introduction
the unveiling of the Lee
monument at New Orleans on the 22nd of February was an event of deepest interest and it was a personal affliction to us that imperative duties in our office prevented us from fulfilling our purpose of accepting the kind invitation of the committee to be present on the occasion.
The following admirable programme was arranged:
Programme of Ceremonies to commence at 2 P. M. Unveiling of statue of General Robert E. Lee
, at Lee Circle, Friday, February 22nd, 1884.
Prof. B. Moses
, Musical director.
(Music.) Grand March, Rienzi
Prayer by Rev. T. R. Markham, D. D.
(Music.) Nearer my God to Thee, Mason
Poem by H. F. Requier
(Music.) Medley—‘In Memory of Other Days,’ B. Moses
Oration by Hon. Chas. E. Fenner
(Music.) Fest Overture, Leutner.
Presentation of Statue, by the president of the Board of Directors, and acceptance by the Mayor
of the City of New Orleans
(Music.) Overture Monumental, Keler Bela.
Unveiling of Statue; Salute.
(Music.) I Know that my Redeemer Liveth, Handel
Benediction by Rt. Rev. J. N. Galleher, D. D.
We are indebted to the Corresponding Secretary
of the Association, General W. M. Owen
, and the Chairman
of the ‘Reception Committee,’ Colonel W. T. Vaudry
, for beautifully gotten — up programmes, with cut of the monument, medals, papers containing accounts of the ceremonies, the eloquent address of Judge Fenner
, the beautiful poem of Mr. Requier
, &c., and we shall carefully preserve all of these in our archives.
We deeply regret that our space does not allow us to publish this month a full description of the monument, which reflects the highest credit on all concerned, and a full account of the interesting ceremonies; but we shall