Donald Trump Erected A Statue On His Golf Course Dedicated To A War That Never Happened.
That's right. You guessed it, President Trump has found himself in yet another debacle. This time over controversy regarding Civil War history.
The River Of Blood monument is located in Lowes Island, Virginia on a golf course owned by President Trump.
The inscription at the Donald Trump's Northern Virginia Trump National Golf Club,on the stone pedestal between the 14th and 15th hole reads:
"Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot. The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as The River of Blood."
The inscription seems to honor a Civil Rights battle that is believed (until now) to be the precise point the plaque is located.
The only problem with this is that the this "war" never took place at that spot or in that location.
Historians state that there was a cited killing of two soldiers by citizens in 1861 as the only Civil War event that occurred on that island. The site is also near Rowser's Ford, where General Stuart led confederate soldiers with no record of any deaths.
Oh, but wait...There's more to it!
The New York Times reports that when President Trump was asked by historians about the falsehood of the monuments' claims, he responded:
"That was a prime site for river crossings. So, if people are crossing the river, and you happen to be in a civil war, I would say that people were shot — a lot of them...How would they know that? Were they there?"
The ill-informed President also mentioned that "numerous historians" had told him the story of the River of Blood then later back-pedalled and said that the historians didn't speak to him directly, but "spoke to his people."
To make matters worse, this is not Trump's first historical revisionism regarding the Great Rebellion.
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