Writing about the proposed Olustee monument to federal soldiers, Brooks D. Simpson sez, 'My, my, Mr. Edgerton, I wonder why you don’t see slavery in quite the same way … or was it okay for “your” folks of the south land to rape, rob, steal, kill, and murder innocent men, women, and children as part of slavery? Guess you don’t mind that."
Two completely different subjects. Nevertheless, I'll point out to Brooks D. Simpson that Southerners, by and large, did not go to Africa and steal slaves -- some of the the ancestors of some federal soldiers did that (primarily, the New England maritime flavor of yankees). The huge, vast majority of the folks of the South did not rape, rob, steal, kill and murder innocent men women and children as part of slavery, or for any other reason. Most slaves -- men, women and children -- were not raped, robbed, stolen, killed and murdered.
The black/slave population of USA grew at basically the same rate as the white/free population. Even during the war, with its disease and privation, the black population grew about seven percent, according to once source I've encountered, while the population of Southern white males was dramatically reduced by combat and disease. Honor the people responsible for that? Odious idea.
The reason there is no place in America to memorialize yankee soldiers is because they had no business being down here, period. They were not an honor to the USA. They should not have come south to kill Southerners, and because they did, they do not deserve a monument.