I could not agree more with Edwin Slipek Jr.'s opinion and solution for the problems which are innocently caused by the location of the A.P. Hill Monument (“General Peril,” Arts & Culture, Aug. 19).
For years, I felt it inappropriate for Hill to be buried in a very busy intersection. I have also been caught up in the dangerous traffic patterns at the site. I think moving the statue and re-interring the general is the right thing to do. My solution is this: 1) Move the statue to the small park across the way from the present location as Mr. Slipek suggests, and 2) Move Hill to Oakwood Confederate Cemetery where literally thousands of the men who fought with or under him are buried.
By doing this, a major traffic problem is solved. The monument would remain in the neighborhood it has been in for decades. Oakwood Cemetery is a major Confederate cemetery with 17,000 soldiers, many of whom fought under Hill's command. The cemetery is being restored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans in partnership with the City of Richmond.
The International Sons of Confederate Veterans would be interested in helping to make this occur. All interested parties — the neighborhood, city and the Sons — would be winners under this scenario. We stand by to become a partner in this enterprise.
Brag Bowling, Commander
Army of Northern Virginia
International Sons of Confederate Veterans