As a historian, I feel very strongly about the council’s action. Thank God the council finally had the nerve to do what should have been done a long time ago. The Dunning school of historians, who served as apologists for the Confederacy’s participation in treasonous activity, rewrote history from its point of view. Many of the parties responsible for the greatest suffering in the nation’s history were presented as heroes. They actually were traitors and the last thing that any true patriot would do is honor these insurrectionists. Indeed, one of the most notorious was Nathan Bedford Forest. Would we think of naming a park in honor of Adolf Hitler? Of course not! Neither should we continue to embarrass the city of good abode with these obnoxious relics of someone’s warped heroic imagination.