DEAR EDITOR:

Shame on Cobb Commissioners for naming a new park “Discovery Park at River Line.” This is a feel-good-generic name that represents nothing. The park should be named after honorable Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston. He was responsible for impressive fortifications along the river line. He served in the Mexican War, Seminole Wars and Confederacy when the South was invaded by Lincoln to force it back into the Union.

I’m disappointed in Chairman Mike Boyce and Commissioner Bob Ott, who have military backgrounds but showed no respect for General Johnston. They kowtow to those who preach “diversity and inclusion” but fail to show the same respect for others. The Confederacy consisted of African Americans (Texas Cavalry Private Holt Collier), Native Americans (Cherokee General Stand Watie), Jewish Americans (Cabinet Officer Judah Benjamin) and Hispanics (thousands of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans).

The War was NOT about slavery. Lincoln said “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and, if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.”

Slave traders from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware and Rhode Island brought slaves to America. Lincoln kept five slave states in the Union. At the end of the 1700s, there were more slaves in New York than in Georgia. In 1830, 3,775 freed blacks had 12,740 slaves.

The new park name insults thousands whose blood spilled over Georgia soil, with many never returning home. The name insults Georgians whose crops, livestock, homes, schools and churches were destroyed by troops commanded by General William T. Sherman, the mastermind of many atrocities committed against women and children, leaving them homeless and starving. The North needed the South in the Union since it was going broke without business from the South and tariffs imposed used mostly on the North’s infrastructure. The South left the Union peacefully due to the high tariffs being charged.

History buffs visit battlefields. Cobb Commissioners will learn that they have made the wrong decision when the county loses tourist revenue by not naming the park after General Joseph E Johnston.

Mary Stevens

Marietta

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