Correction to an article


In the January-February issue of Texas Journey, the article "Places of Honor" (pages 28-30) contains a glaring error.

The paragraph beginning at the bottom of page 29 states in part: "Was the Civil War about ending slavery? Yes."

That war was not fought over the issue of slavery.

The seceded States seceded to escape an overweening, intrusive government — the same reasons that prompted thirteen States to secede from Britain in 1776, Mexico to secede from the Spanish empire in 1818, and Texas to secede from Mexico in 1836.

The United States invaded the seceded States in an attempt to force them back under the control of the government they had rejected. The seceded States fought to repel the invasion and preserve their liberty — the same reasons that the colonists fought against Britain from 1776 to 1781.

If the seceded States had seceded because they were afraid of losing their slaves, they had only to re-join the United States and ratify the Corwin Amendment, which stated: "No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State."

Clifton Palmer McLendon
Gilmer, Texas