While the proposed male counterpart to the Statue of Liberty got the majority of the press, the Sons of Confederate Veterans also had a own pet project to pitch to the Patriots Point board. The board is currently looking at ways to give the tourist site a much needed makeover.

Well, evidently, things got a little touchy yesterday, according to a Post and Courier report. OK. Maybe touchy is not the correct word. Pushy, maybe? Judge for yourself. Here’s an excerpt:

Patriots Point board Chairman John Hagerty said his agency could not make a decision about the monument when, just hours earlier, it had seen its first glimpse of a master plan for the attraction’s 455 acres. The board must take the plan’s stakeholders into account, Hagerty said.

“We need more time,” he told the

men. “We well understand that you have your schedule. We need this time between this and our next board meeting to get further data before we make our vote.”

When Jeff Antley, a Sons of Confederate Veterans member in charge of finding the memorial’s location, asked for a list of those stakeholders, Mount Pleasant Mayor Billy Swails defended Hagerty’s point.

“Patriots Point, as we know it, is now hemorrhaging to death, and we’ve got to do something about it now,” Swails said. The attraction cannot not afford to keep its aging warships afloat and its board hopes to find, in this master plan, economic viability.

Antley reminded the board that his group faced a quick timeline, aiming to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the secession convention held in Columbia and Charleston on Dec. 17 and Dec. 20, 1860. He warned the board, “Your body can’t obstruct us from moving on, either.”

Swails encouraged the Sons of Confederate Veterans to plan for a future at Patriots Point without committing to it outright.

“I can’t tell you to raise the money, but if I were in your position, I’d start raising the money,” he said.

Interesting quote from Swails at the end. Even more interesting is another item later in the report: Both Sen. Robert Ford and state Rep. Tim Scott, who’s eying Henry Brown’s 1st Congressional District seat, signed a letter approving the project. Interesting.

In a only-sorta-related matter, I think it’s time I finally got around to seeing if I can join the SCV. I know some Haires fought, but I think the safer bet could be with the Barnwells. I’ll get back to you when I find out.