For 100 years, a magnificent bust has gazed out from an alcove of the Indiana Statehouse. The elaborate sculpture depicts Civil War Col. Richard Owen. Frozen in bronze, he is wearing a cape and jacket with stripes on his sleeves and the collar turned up behind his stately head.
The commanding bust was a gift to Indiana from veterans of the Army of the Confederate States of America. In case your history is a bit rusty, Indiana was a Union state. Why would Confederates honor an “enemy” soldier?
The answer is this: Kindness and courtesy do not take sides.