UT arrests and imprisons Confederate statues including the Post Master

The University of Texas has removed four Confederate monuments overnight in the wake of violent clashes in Virginia earlier this month.

A statue of General Robert E Lee was among those taken down from the Austin campus early on Monday.

Monuments to Confederate figures are symbols of "modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism", the college said.

As well as Lee, who was military commander during the 1861-65 American Civil War, a statue of another rebel general, Albert Sidney Johnston, and of Confederate postmaster John H Reagan were taken down.

They were moved to a centre for American history on campus.

A statue of Texas Governor James Stephen Hogg, who served from 1891-95, was also removed and will be considered for re-installation at another site.
I got my undergraduate degree and law degree from UT and would be hard-pressed to tell you where these statues were located on the campus.  The most prominent statue on Campus is that of George Washington that overlooks the main mall right below the famous Texas Tower.  There is also the Littlefield Fountain which is made up of statues of wild horses running through the water.  There could have been some statues along the walk from the fountain to the Tower but they were not memorable.

Reagan was a former congressman from Texas when he was chosen to run the Confederate postal system.  He was apparently good at the job, and the service actually turned a profit which was rare for any postal system.  After the war, he urged cooperation with the Union and warned that refusing to do so would lead to harsh measures.

The Hogg removal is a real puzzle since he was barely 10-years-old when the Civil war broke out.  He was the first native-born Texan to be elected governor.  Hogg was considered to be one of the best governors of Texas.  He created the Texas Railroad Commission which later regulated the oil and gas industry in the state.  His daughter Ima Hogg (really) became a noted philanthropist.

Johnston was a general in the Texas Army, the US Army, and the Confederate Army.  He was killed early in the Civil War at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.

To the extent that the statues ever came into my vision they never made me think of "white supremacy."


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