In light of President Trump’s recent screw up on basic issues of American history, this tidbit that Golf Digest has resurrected is particularly interesting.
There is, apparently, a plaque at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia which honors a Civil War battle that never happened.
The plaque, signed by Trump himself, 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.’ It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!’
Again, however, no such battle ever took place.
Golf Digest says that the New York Times checked with local historians to see if they could explain what Trump refers to with his plaque.
Richard Gillespie, the executive director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, told the Times quite simply that “nothing like that ever happened there.”
The screw up mentioned at the head of this article is Trump’s recent assertion that U.S. President Andrew Jackson could have, in theory, stopped the Civil War.
The problem with asserting that Jackson was “very angry” with the Civil War is that he was dead before it ever started. In addition, Jackson was actually a slaveholder himself and made his name through refusing to bow to the wishes of those who opposed him.
So Jackson the peacemaker? Not so much.