You would think that having a great, great grandfather on my father's side who fought for the Confederacy as a member of the 39th North Carolina would make me irritated that many areas of the South are removing their Confederate monuments, but it doesn't, we lost.
Isaac Harris was a private in the 39th NC and he became so disgusted at the carnage he witnessed that, after the war, he became a physician.
People either know the true reason the Civil War was fought or they don't, but slavery was really only moderately profitable. Even if the Civil War had not been fought, technology would have ended the need for slaves by the end of the 1920's or earlier.
The above photograph is kind of interesting. We tend to think that 1865 was a long time ago, but really it wasn't. In those days you could head into town, pick up a good box of cigars at the tobacco shop, go next door and buy some lamp oil and wait for the next slave auction so you could pick up some extra farm labor...then return to the plantation for a nice Mint Julep whilst sitting on the veranda overlooking your fields./sarcasm
It is also worth noting that the gentleman seated in front of the Negro Sales store is a black Union corporal. Do you think he might be a very satisfied man at that moment, knowing that the days when his kind were considered personal property and sold as such are over? Too bad so many of his descendants have forgotten his sacrifice.
As an aside, many of my conservative friends have a cow at the thought of a $15/hour minimum wage, but it IS worth remembering that forced slaves received free basic housing, food, medical, dental, clothing and, in some cases, education. How much would an entry level fast food worker have to make today per hour to afford what was provided to forced slaves? I'm not saying that forced slavery is a good thing, but today many "free" workers actually have it worse. What kind of standard of living can you have on minimum wage and a 28 hour work week? Many good paying white collar jobs are being outsourced as well.
Back on point. The Civil War is over and my side lost. The government should not tell me how to memorialize my ancestors on my personal property, but public property is a different matter.