Preserve the John B. Castleman Monument in place
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While we agree all memorialization of the Confederacy must be removed from the public sphere, we also assert:
Major Castleman was a traitor to the United States, serving as an officer for the Confederate Army in the American Civil War.
Brigadier General Castleman was a patriot, who had served as an officer in the Spanish-American War.
"He revived the Louisville Legion, a militia unit, in 1878 and became adjutant general of Kentucky in 1883. The unit became the 1st Kentucky Volunteers in the Spanish–American War, and Castleman was commissioned a colonel in the U.S. Army. His unit participated in the invasion of Puerto Rico, and after the war he was promoted to brigadier general and served as military governor of the island."
The monument to John B. Castleman in the Louisville Highlands should be preserved in place for two reasons: 1) The statue is not a monument to a Confederate Army officer, and 2) By serving our nation following the Civil War, Castleman redeemed himself and atoned for his earlier traitorous actions.
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