Wake Up Elbert!
Slavery was a secondary reason for the North waging war on the South and was only invoked after 2 years of war! The primary reason for the war was that the Northern bankers and corporations who had profited handsomely from the previous slave trade wanted to force the South back into the union and subjugate the Southern states for the benefit of the Northern states! The issue of slavery was the moral incentive to get people to fight for the Northern cause which without it, they would have had no moral imperative to continue the war against the South.
President Lincoln once stated "My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union"
Most don't know that Lincoln once entertained a plan to relocate slaves to the Caribbean!
Less than 1/3 of southern families owned slaves! Would it really make any sense for two-thirds of southern soldiers to fight and die to allow the other 1/3 of them to keep their slaves? Would the 1/3 of soldiers who were slave owners be willing to fight and die to keep their slaves at home with their women and children while they were suffering and dying in battle? These men were united by their common cause for liberty, freedom and their opposition to tyranny, not their common lust for slavery! The South had some free black men who willingly fought and some slaves who fought believing they would gain freedom after the war for their efforts.
Why did the North use foreign mercenary troops mostly German and Irish? The South did not. Why did the North kill anti-war protestors in New York City during the war? The South did not.
A black South Carolina man explains why he supports the Confederate flag! You don't want to miss reading this!
To many today, it represents racism, bigotry and hatred. But what did it represent to the people who flew, fought and died under it? I have read several books which are historically correct and written during the time of the War Between the States and my understanding of the symbolism of the Confederate flag is quite different than the commonly understood one of today's brain-washed television culture that condones immorality and killing of innocent babies.
My understanding is that the Southern States were fighting for states rights and freedom from tyranny and oppression. The 'Civil War' as it is commonly referred to today was but a continuation of the attempt by the British Empire to control and profit from the agrarian production of the Southern States via unfair taxation and oppression of the Southern States economy via a congressional tyrannical majority.
Each State of the union joined it by choice not by coercion! The Southern States exercised their right to choose not to be in the Union and withdrew from it voluntarily. The South saw it as the only choice and was a last resort to many failed attempts to resolve what they saw as the tyranny of the majority of the Northern controlled congress.
Battle flag of the army of Northern Virginia, aka Confederate flag. Sometimes called the Southern Cross!
"All that the South has ever desired was the Union as established by our forefathers should be preserved and that the government as originally organized should be administered in purity and truth."
--- General Robert E. Lee, CSA
"Governor, if I had foreseen the use these people desired to make of their victory, there would have been no surrender at Appomattox, no, sir, not by me. Had I seen these results of subjugation, I would have preferred to die at Appomattox with my brave men, my sword in this right hand."
--- General Robert E. Lee, CSA - as told to Texas ex-governor F. W. Stockdale
"I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races - that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything." Lincoln-Douglas Debates, 1858.
Lincoln was a power-grabbing politician no different than the kind we have today. Lincoln was no great pillar of morality and in fact was probably an agent for the bankers and corporate moguls of his day!