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Vandals Torch Gen, Lee Statue, But It Looks Like They Picked the Wrong Gen. Lee

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In recent years, liberals have been determined to destroy pieces of American history by vandalizing Confederate statues, but some might not know their history well enough to vandalize the right pieces.

Vandals in North Carolina set aflame a statue of “General Lee” earlier this month, but it wasn’t a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

The statue in Dunn, North Carolina, honors Maj. Gen. William C. Lee, who is described by The Washington Post as a “hometown hero” and “widely respected” military leader of World War II.

Mark Johnson, curator of the General William C. Lee Airborne Museum in Dunn, was in disbelief as he told WNCN-TV about the vandalism.

“Never even thought it would affect us in any way at all,” Johnson said.

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The vandals left no explantion for their behavior, the Post reported, but Johnson said he thinks they mistook William C. Lee for the Civil War general.

“This is not a Civil War museum and this is not Robert E. Lee,” Johnson said. “This is General William C. Lee from United States Army Airborne from World War II, so I was hurt and surprised that somebody would actually do this.”

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And if they were trying to attack a descendant of Lee, they were still barking up the wrong tree. As far as the museum know, according to the post, the two generals are not related.

Gen. William Lee helped plan the D-Day invasion of Normandy, the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany on Europe’s Western Front.

The general’s history is ironic considering vandals of statues often identify as “anti-fascist.”

The vandals covered the statue in flammable liquid and set it on fire, but thankfully, the statue only suffered “minimal damage” and the local stone mason will do some repairs.

“He’s gonna come over and try to steam clean it and use a special chemical to try to get that into the pores in the marble,” Johnson explained. “We hope it will clean up, there’s minimal damage to the base, so we hope it will all come out but it will take a lot of work.”

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But other statues haven’t fared so well.

One of the most recent examples happened in August, when left-wing protesters at the University of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill campus toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier called “Silent Sam.”

UNC’s Silent Sam will now be housed in a new $5 million “history and education center,” where it will be out of sight from triggered liberals, NBC News reported in December.

The Silent Sam controversy was last year, but it looks like the far-left isn’t done waging its war on American history considering the recent attack on Dunn’s statue of World War II hero General Lee.

It was bad enough when left-wing vandals were only tearing down pieces of Civil War history, but now they’re even targeting historical figures that shouldn’t be controversial.

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Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a background in history, education and philosophy. He has led multiple conservative groups and is dedicated to the principles of free speech, privacy and peace.
Malachi Bailey is a writer from Ohio with a passion for free speech, privacy and peace. He graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in History. While at Wooster, he served as the Treasurer for the Wooster Conservatives and the Vice President for the Young Americans for Liberty.
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