I believe in the Nobility of the Confederate Cause in 1861 and today. I believe in the gentility and decency of the Civilization of the Old South. To my mind and perception, the effort to purge the Confederate heritage, the Heritage of the South, is an attack on everything good in America. As Thursday night’s conference at the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities demonstrated, there is a consensus among academics that the Southern cause was wrong, ignoble, even “stupid” as one of the speakers said. I cannot tolerate that kind of attack on the values which have shaped my life, my parents’ life, my grandparents’ life, and so far as I can tell, all that was good in America from 1775 until the present day.