This letter is to emphasize that the time has come for the Talbot Boys statue and monument to be removed from the courthouse grounds. The Talbot Boys who fought against the Union—of which Maryland was a part—were traitors. Further, under the U.S. Constitution, a person who makes war against the United States is guilty of treason.
It is bad enough that our country’s legacy of slavery and discrimination are so difficult to explain and justify to our children. It is impossible to justify why a monument to traitors occupies a place of honor at our county courthouse. Moreover, I have read that there were many more young men from Talbot County who fought for the Union than those few Talbot Boys who are being so honored.
Five generations ago, my forefathers were slaves. Over the years, my relatives have fought and died in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. I proudly served as an Army Captain during the Vietnam War, being honorably discharged in 1970. As a military veteran, it is particularly insulting that a monument was erected for those who fought against my country and who fought to perpetually enslave my race.
Roland J. Atkins, Esq.