Ky. Mayor: Confederate Soldier Isn’t Monument To War’s Cause

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The mayor of Kentucky’s largest city says a statue honoring a Confederate soldier isn’t a celebration of the secessionist cause.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told the Courier Journal on Tuesday that the statue honoring John B. Castleman isn’t “a Confederate monument like … in some cities with Confederate generals on a horse with their guns facing north.”

An advisory committee created by Fischer has said Confederate memorials “have no place” in Louisville. The group urged the mayor to make a “timely decision” on what to do about the Castleman piece.

Fischer says he’ll review the group’s report but adds that he agrees with his panel’s assertion that Louisville isn’t a place for celebrating what the Confederacy represented.

During the Civil War, Castleman served for the Confederacy under John Hunt Morgan.