A group of boys, I'd guess ages varying from 17-20, were going from monument to monument looking at the inscriptions. Rushing frenetically from statue to statue, as they approached us I couldn't help but overhear the following exchange:
"Hey I just saw a statue honoring the President of the Confederacy," one scraggly-haired young man exclaimed in amazement.By then we were moving out of earshot, but no one laughed at the Eisenhower gaffe and the comment didn't appear to be a joke. Rather, I think it was probably a learning experience.
"Yeah, I saw that," said another, taller boy.
"Are you sure?" asked the first. "Who was the President of the Confederacy?"
Without a trace of humor or irony the second fellow replied, "Dwight Eisenhower."
"No," said the first, "it was Jefferson Davis."