Letter: We should honor Sherman, not Lee

I wish to support Ernie Feierabend’s letter regarding the naming of a building at LSU for the university’s first president, William Tecumseh Sherman. He was an opponent of slavery on moral and religious grounds and as a supporter of the Union and the Constitution. The time has come in the 21st century to recognize this patriot and give him due honor.

In addition, I would like to add that I find it rather ironic that there is a public high school in Baton Rouge, whose student body has been predominately African-American, to be named for the slave-holder Robert E. Lee. The “Lost Cause”, based on the evil premise of slavery, has been lost and it is time that this fact be duly acknowledged and accepted.

Thomas Oswald

retired, LSU

Baton Rouge