We have much to learn from history. Obviously, now more than ever. It is apparently no longer taught or learned in most high schools and especially colleges and universities today. At least that which has not been rewritten specifically, and maliciously, to push modern narratives such as the illegitimate and broadly discredited NY Times 1619 project, despite it's Pulitzer Prize, which used to mean something. I guess it still does for the malign among us.
Have you ever read this: “Robert E. Lee was President U. S. Grant’s guest in the White House and became the president of Washington College, known today as Washington and Lee University,' that 'President Lincoln had offered amnesty to most of the Confederate soldiers and functionaries' and that Horace Greeley, the abolitionist, actually paid part of Jefferson Davis’s bail. With so much to do and so much to rebuild, the best policy was to let bygones be bygones and allow the country to focus its attention on the challenges at hand, challenges that were unlikely to be overcome by pursuing a policy of destruction and vengeance."
Of course, you haven't. It is inconvenient for today's narratives.
History is full of complications and nuances. There were waves of efforts to reunite and reunify the country after a horrible civil war which resulted in the deaths of over 660,000 soldiers. Sadly, some confederate monuments were erected in response to the civil rights movement (a reminder - Lyndon Baines Johnson, as Senate Democratic Majority Leader in 1957, killed Republican President Eisenhower's first Civil Rights legislation. You can look it up).
Imagine, unification - today, we're all about division through tribalism, identity politics, and intersectionality. If only we were as wise as our predecessors. Perhaps after the current "unpleasantness," our better angels will emerge.
Please read this. It is a wonderful history lesson. It is NOT a defense of confederate monuments, but valuable history.