Donald Trump recently said some bizarre—and alarming—things about the Civil War, revealing his ignorance of American history, and that he doesn’t think ending slavery was a good enough reason to go to war. But his lack of Civil War knowledge goes back much longer than just these recent statements. The New York Times reports:
Between the 14th hole and the 15th tee of one of the club’s two courses, Mr. Trump installed a flagpole on a stone pedestal overlooking the Potomac, to which he affixed a plaque purportedly designating “The River of Blood.”
“Many great American soldiers, both of the North and South, died at this spot,” the inscription reads. “The casualties were so great that the water would turn red and thus became known as ‘The River of Blood.’ ”
The inscription, beneath his family crest and above Mr. Trump’s full name, concludes: “It is my great honor to have preserved this important section of the Potomac River!”
Except….that never happened. As Richard Gillespie, executive director of the Mosby Heritage Area Association, said, “No. Uh-uh. No way. Nothing like that ever happened there. Gillespie noted that the only thing even close to the spot was the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in 1861, where several hundred Union soldiers died 11 miles upriver, nowhere near the “River of Blood.”
Trump tried to rewrite his rewrite of history, claiming:
“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.”
But no historian or publication will confirm the fake history. Even Golf Digest made sure to discredit the story.
Trump might want to hire a history tutor.