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Stephens identified the beginning of the war as Lincoln's order sending a "hostile fleet, styled the 'Relief Squadron'," to reinforce Fort Sumter. "The war was then and there inaugurated and begun by the authorities at Washington. General Beauregard did not open fire upon Fort Sumter until this fleet was, to his knowledge, very near the harbor of Charleston, and until he had inquired of Major Anderson . . . whether he would engage to take no part in the expected blow, then coming down upon him from the approaching fleet . . . When Major Anderson . . .would make no such promise, it became necessary for General Beauregard to strike the first blow, as he did; otherwise the forces under his command might have been exposed to two fires at the same time-- one in front, and the other in the rear." The use of force by the Confederacy , therefore, was in "self-defence," rendered necessary by the actions of the other side.
The people of Georgia having dissolved their political connection with the Government of the United States of America, present to their confederates and the world the causes which have led to the separation. For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slave-holding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery.
In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.
For many years these laws were executed. But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations, and the laws of the General Government have ceased to effect the objects of the Constitution. The States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa, have enacted laws which either nullify the Acts of Congress or render useless any attempt to execute them. In many of these States the fugitive is discharged from service or labor claimed
Texas abandoned her separate national existence and consented to become one of the Confederated Union to promote her welfare, insure domestic tranquility and secure more substantially the blessings of peace and liberty to her people. She was received into the confederacy with her own constitution, under the guarantee of the federal constitution and the compact of annexation, that she should enjoy these blessings. She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery-- the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits-- a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time.
So we can say that today, the south would be slave free.
Originally posted by intrepid
The Civil War was as much about freeing the Blacks as WW2 was about the Holocaust. It was a byproduct. The CW was a war about economics and the south had the edge at the time.
Originally posted by mnemeth1
Before I begin, it's important we cover a few facts:
-Confederate General Robert E. Lee was an abolitionist. Lee called slavery "a moral and political evil." He also said "the best men in the South" opposed it and welcomed its demise.
-President Abraham Lincoln wanted to send the slaves back to Africa and was a racist bigot. He frequently used the "N" word and made disparaging remarks about blacks.
-Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was also an abolitionist. While his family had slaves, they were basically treated like hired workers. Jackson said he wished to see "the shackles struck from every slave."
-Union General Ulysses S. Grant and his wife held personal slaves before and during the War Between the States. Grant's excuse for not freeing his slaves was that "good help is so hard to come by these days."
-Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves of the North. They were not freed until the Thirteenth Amendment was passed after the conclusion of the war. (Think about that - the 'union' did not abolish slavery until AFTER the war.)
-Lincoln supported the Fugitive Slave Act and "Black Laws" that were designed to strip the rights of black people.
-Battlefield letters compiled of Confederate troops show that almost all of them were fighting because they felt the federal government was violating their state's rights in numerous ways. The institution of slavery itself is almost never mentioned. The federal government had aggressed against the South in numerous ways unrelated to the slavery issue.
-Lincoln provoked the attack on Sumter by sending a hostile fleet there as 'reinforcements' and his generals positioned themselves in a threatening stance.
Originally posted by Southern Guardian
But reagrdless of Lincolns motives or other factors in the war, the sucession of the confederacy was spurred on by slavery being in danger of being abolished. The South ran scared despite repeated insistence by Lincoln that action would not be taken in the immediate future and they decided to split for that reason.
Originally posted by mnemeth1
He was a racist tyrant tard just like his boss.