Letter: Preservation of history speaks to county's character
Publication Salisbury Post
Date October 15, 2006
Section(s) Opinion
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Brief I am responding to Will Sadler's personal attacks on Ann Brownlee in his Sept. 11 letter to the editor.

Will, people from all across the country are concerned about the preservation of Rowan County's heritage.

Benjamin Franklin said: "Show me first the

I am responding to Will Sadler's personal attacks on Ann Brownlee in his Sept. 11 letter to the editor.

Will, people from all across the country are concerned about the preservation of Rowan County's heritage.

Benjamin Franklin said: "Show me first the graveyards of a country, and I will tell you the true character of the people."

Ol' Ben was saying that the true character of a people is determined by how they cherish, preserve and protect their heritage and history! So what is the "true character" of Rowan County citizens? Rowan County just oozes American history. Rowan's history includes, but is not limited to: Spanish Captain Juan Pardo's settlement established near the Trading Ford in February 1567 (almost 500 years ago!); the Trading Ford, where colonial Gen. Nathanial Greene crossed the Yadkin River in February 1781, beating British Gen. Cornwallis and saving the American Southern Army; the Confederate Prisoner of War Camp in Salisbury; the Battle of Salisbury of April 11, 1865; the original Federal lines during the Battle of Fort York on April 13, 1865 (with Fort York proper being in Davidson County). The battle saved the main railroad bridge across the Yadkin River and kept Stoneman from sacking Lexington.

Will, when you said "Ann, it is time to move on to your next 'causeâ' " that is extremely demeaning to Ms. Brownlee, who has been fighting for your history, heritage and culture for over 10 years, to preserve it for you and your progeny. And, Will, once you have destroyed a historical site, it is gone forever. Neither, you, your children nor your grandchildren will ever see it again.

-- Jim Forcum

Beavercreek, Ohio