The following is the text of a letter sent to Lynn Rainville, theDirector of Institutional History at Washington and Lee on July 18, 2023.
It has been brought to my attention that the Lilliputian grave desecrators at your once-revered institution have now stooped to a level even below that which I thought anyone would go by desecrating the gravestone of a horse! It seems blatantly obvious that the romance of the Civil Rights movement – running out of victims of society to champion – has degenerated into this. Who were the noble perpetrators? Was it some of your purple-haired, nose-ringed, man-bun coiffed, sleeve-tattooed “social justice warriors” among your spoiled brats? Was it some of your milquetoast administrators? Or was it some of your Marxist faculty on their Maoist “Long March” to level society into its lowest common denominator so as to atomize it for the foundation of a totalitarian government?
Whoever it was, they are not fit to apply hoof oil to Traveller’s hooves, or to muck out his stall, much less to lick the boots of his master, for as Thomas Carlyle said, it takes men of worth to recognize worth in men.
You all remind me of an observation made by Admiral Raphael Semmes, CSN: “Live asses will kick at dead lions.”
A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, the author graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1967 with a degree in Civil Engineering and a Regular Commission in the US Army. His service included qualification as an Airborne Ranger, and command of an Engineer company in Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star. After his return, he resigned his Commission and ended by making a career as a tugboat captain. During this time he was able to earn a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Richmond, with an international focus on war and cultural revolution. He is a member of the Jamestowne Society, the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Society of Independent Southern Historians. He currently lives in Richmond, where he writes, studies history, literature and cultural revolution, and occasionally commutes to Norfolk to serve as a tugboat pilot