Column: Ceremony to honor Indiana’s Owen, who showed humanity in midst of war


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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.

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