It’s been a rough time for Confederate heritage, and I’m not limiting that observation to recent events. Ben Jones took over the job of chief of heritage operations just as the replica flags were departing from Lee Chapel, and just over a year later he leaves in the aftermath of the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state house. Confederate icons, flags, and statues are under attack, and the response has been something between a holding action and a fighting withdrawal.
What would you do if you were the incoming chief of heritage operations for the SCV? And no, I don’t want some snappy answer that you would help eradicate all signs of Confederate heritage. Is there a viable strategy for the new chief to adopt that will serve the interests of his organization?