TO THE EDITOR:
In the midst of the controversy swirling around Silent Sam, may I offer a few observations.
Much has been made of the speech of Julian Carr at the 1913 dedication of the monument, but it was unrepresentative of the views of four other distinguished persons who also spoke at that ceremony.
Those persons were: Governor Locke Craig giving an Oration, Mrs. Marshall Williams, President of the N.C.U.D.C. giving an address, Mrs. Henry Armand London, Chairman of the Monument Committee, with the presentation of the monument, Francis Preston Venable, President of the University of North Carolina, speaking to accept the monument and speaking last, Julian Carr presented the thanks of the Student Veterans.
One and all their remarks were focused on the purpose articulated by the sculptor. In fact, Governor Craig’s speech went into considerable detail to enumerate the exact numbers of students and faculty members who had answered the call and served.