Unanswered Questions about Taser-Wielding Rob Walker on Monument Avenue

There are a lot of unanswered questions about a report that circulated through some Confederate heritage websites over the last few days about a report that VCU student Rob Walker, whose work in film school includes a film about the activities of the Virginia Flaggers, came upon two people who were defacing the Jefferson Davis monument on Monument Avenue and Richmond and repeatedly tased the individuals while awaiting the arrival of police.

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The Battle of Raymond, May 12, 1863

Today, some 150 years ago, James B. McPherson scored a major victory at Raymond, Mississippi. As a result of that victory, Ulysses S. Grant decided to sweep northeast into the state capital at Jackson before turning westward to attack Vicksburg and its defenders instead of detaching McPherson to accomplish that task.

Normally, I’d have a lot to say about this battle, but, frankly, I know that whatever I say, one of my readers, Tony Gunter, will tweak it here and challenge it there. You see, Raymond is his passion. Everyone may not love Raymond, but he does. So is making sure that James B. McPherson gets his due. Therefore, rather than get into an exchange about this, I think it better for Tony to say what he wants to say in the comments section, and then everyone can reply to that.

In the meantime, here’s a website worth consulting … unless Tony thinks otherwise. Same here.

And no, that’s not General McPherson.