Dear Honorable -----, I am deeply disturbed over three bills that are making their way through the Florida Legislature. They are: Florida Senate Bill 154; CS/HB 141: National Statuary Hall and SB 310; and SB 1026. I sincerely hope you will give these bills the very serious consideration they deserve and realize what a horrible impact they will have on a free nation. The Civil War was part of our nation's history. It is little studied and little understood. I fear that the people behind these bills have no complete understanding of what was behind the Civil War or why brave men staked their lives on what they sincerely believed. I feel it is a false understanding that is prompting these bills and causing people to want to erase a vital part of our nation's history. This is censorship at its worse. Just because people are uninformed does not give them the right to erase what took place in our country. As a genealogist, I have studied the brave men in my father's family who fought for the South in the Civil War. They were simple farmers who did not own slaves and fought for what they believed. If you read and study, as I have, you will realize that the majority of those who fought for the South did not own slaves. Thus to say they were placing their lives on the line and fighting for something they did not have is beyond ridiculous. It is the height of ignorance. I was fascinated when reading about the life of Stonewall (Thomas J.) Jackson. He was a devout Christian who did not believe in slavery and did not believe in succession. He was a West Point graduate and fought bravely in the Mexican War with the U.S. army. The only reason he joined the South was because his beloved Virginia did. Men like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee were faithful to their state (Virginia in both cases) and followed whatever it did. Stonewall Jackson was a strong believer in state's rights, as were many in the South. In fact, in some ways, the South looked much like the tea party of today. They were opposed to big federal government and wanted to see the power in the states. The Civil War was a very sad time in our nation's history but it did take place. It is part of what this country is all about. To eliminate part of our nation's history is not only to dishonor those who were brave enough to lay down their lives for something they believed in but to also practice censorship and eliminate anything some people do not choose to remember. What will come next? What else do some people want to forget and thus erase from our country's history? This could be the tip of a very ugly iceberg. That is what makes this vote so vital. I am looking to you for leadership in this important matter. Thank you.