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Posted August 21. 2017 2:11PM

Civil War re-enactors and the complexity of the Confederate statue debate

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Confederate Calvary ride to the battle reenactment during the Living History Event NH in Hillsborough during a battle in this file photo. (Kathleen Baglio Humphreys)

Speaking this weekend in Hillsboro at the 19th century-themed Living History Event, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant refused to criticize the statue memorializing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Yet the general also refused to tolerate racism during Reconstruction, when bigots tried to keep black people down after they'd been freed from slavery by President Abraham Lincoln.