posted on Jul, 3 2015 @ 03:16 PM
I just feel sorry for you Alphastrike, you are part of the reason we are where we are today, because narrow minded individuals can't understand that
there's more than one side to every story. Don't mention that only an estimated 25% of citizens were slaveholders, so obviously there were A LOT of
people fighting on the Confederate side that could care less about the slavery issue. You act like the upper ruling class is only a recent
development, and that their intentions were no different than the everyday regular Joe. Go read some of the things written by the average Confederate
soldier about the war, and you'll find out what some of the regular folks actually saw as the driving issues behind why they were fighting.
Just a few more interesting facts about the civil war and confederacy.
-OH, and nevermind that General Lee (confederacy) freed his slaves in 1862, 3 years before the end of the Civil War, by the way when the South was
winning, not getting its butt kicked like you seem to think. Where as General Grant of the Union didn't free his slaves until the VERY end of the
-By the latter part of 1864 the CSA was moving toward ending slavery. In fact, there are indications that the Confederacy would have ended slavery
even if it had survived the war, as prominent historians like J. G. Randall and David Donald have acknowledged (see Randall and Donald, The Civil War
and Reconstruction, Lexington, Massachusetts: D.C. Heath and Company, 1969, p. 522).
-In his book Forced Into Glory: Abraham Lincoln’s White Dream (Chicago: Johnson Publishing Company, 2000), African-American author Lerone Bennett
presents evidence that Lincoln only issued the Emancipation Proclamation in response to increasing pressure from the Radicals and in order to blunt
the effect of a more drastic confiscation measure that Congress had already passed. Bennett also discusses evidence that Lincoln worked to minimize
the effects of the proclamation almost as soon as he issued it.
-Lincoln and the North jailed somewhere between 10k-30k people that were labeled dissenters or traitors, not one documented case in the South.
-The Confederacy grew from seven states to eleven states when Lincoln made it clear he was going to launch an invasion to force the seceded states to
rejoin the Union. Voters in the Upper South states of Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia initially rejected secession by substantial
margins. They were willing for their states to remain in the Union as long as Lincoln allowed the Deep South states to leave in peace. However, when
Lincoln left no doubt he was going to use force, new votes were held in the Upper South states, and this time the results were strongly in favor of
secession. It should be noted that these four states did not secede because of slavery but because they believed it was illegal and immoral to
maintain the Union by violence.
-The confederate Congress specified that black soldiers were to receive the same pay as the white soldiers. The Union army’s black soldiers were
paid less than the white soldiers. A black soldier in the Union army would have been paid $10 a month with a $3 clothing fee taken out, leaving the
soldier with $7 a month. White soldiers were paid $13 a month and were not forced to pay a clothing allowance, which is almost twice as much as the
black soldiers. By contrast the Confederate army paid their privates of both races $11/month until 1864. Equal pay for both races in the federal army
did not come into effect until June 1864. The Confederate Army also authorized a salary for black musicians in 1862.
-MYTH - The War of 1861 - 1865 was fought over slavery.
FACT - Terribly untrue. The North fought the war over money. Plain and simple. When the South started Secession, Lincoln was asked, "Why not let
the South go in peace?" To which he replied, "I can't let them go. Who would pay for the government?" Sensing total financial ruin for the North,
Lincoln waged war on the South. The South fought the War to repel Northern aggression and invasion.