Battle of Liberty Place in New Orleans. Read the original inscription. Here is an op-ed from a Ph.D. candidate at the time whose focus was on reconstruction politics, just looking at North Carolina speeches. Silent Sam and other Civil War monuments rose on race The speech in front of the monument in Tampa: For Tampa's Confederate monument, racist history clouds claims of heritage Would you like me to continue posting multiple speeches, because I can. It isn't hard. Or can we agree that many of these statues were dedicated with speeches explicitly extolling white supremacy? That was the goal of the statue builders, while the goal of the leadership depicted was the preservation of slavery based on racial supremacy.