Antietam "Historian" (?)
The so-called "military historian," Jeremy M. deVries, whose speech at Antietam was reported by the Herald-Mail is, of course, a Yankee who doesn’t even know that the War of Northern Aggression was not a "Civil War." This is precisely what our Southern sires said would happen after that war—that the conqueror would write its history from his own perspective.
That skewed perspective is evident in the first paragraph of the story which says, "In a speech Friday at Antietam National Battlefield, military historian and Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremy M. deVries said the 23,110 casualties that the battle produced might have been worth the cost to help preserve America’s freedom."
I would ask readers, and Sgt. deVries, "What freedom in the union was at stake in that war?" Jefferson Davis said, in April, 1861, "we feel that our cause is just and holy; we protest solemnly in the face of mankind that we desire peace at any sacrifice save that of honour and independence; we ask no conquest, no aggrandizement, no concession of any kind from the States with which we were lately confederated; all we ask is to be let alone; that those who never held power over us shall not now attempt our subjugation by arms."
The Confederacy sought to go its own way in peace. It did *not* seek conquest of the union, nor the abridgment of any of its freedoms. Had the Confederacy won that war, the union would still have been the union—independent and free. It was the union that waged a war of aggression on the South to abridge the freedoms expressed by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. That is a fact of history that revisionist-historian Yankees such as deVries and his cohorts cannot erase. They may continue to pontificate their "righteousness" through "politically correct" lies, but they cannot change the facts of what really took place in 1861-1865.
The only freedoms abridged in that period were those of northerners whom Lincoln jailed without habeas corpus and members of the Maryland Legislature who were held under house arrest by Lincoln’s Marines.
Jerry C. Brewer
SCV Camp Commander
Privates Grayson & Brewer Camp 2118
Elk City, Oklahoma