Good People May Fight For Bad Causes
Dear Mr. Nesbitt:
It is evident where you stand on matters of the Confederacy. Several things stand out the one that irritated me the most was the quote from the egotistical Fitzhugh Brundage that any of the 5th graders at our private Christian School could answer. Good people may fight for bad causes! Who determines which cause is bad? If good people can fight for bad causes then isn’t it rational for the opposite to be true, that bad people can fight for good causes? Just once before I die I’d love to have the opportunity to face one of these elitist asses like Mr. Brundage in a debate. To suggest the War for Southern Independence was only or even primarily about slavery is really an argument for someone taught at a government school for the dumbing down of America’s Children. Was Slavery a factor, well yeah it was! But anyone reading President Lincolns statements to his cabinet, his public statements or even just his first inaugural address would quickly understand that just like every other war in the history of the world its really about power or money (usually the same thing just presented differently). Please just consider the following:
A. The First Proposed 13th Amendment also called the Corwin Amendment. This amendment was launched by New York Congressmen when only South Carolina had Seceded, the amendment would have guaranteed Slavery in perpetuity, it was ratified by two states before it was withdrawn; however, President Lincoln stated in his first inaugural address that should that bill reach his desk, he would sign it.
B. There were fewer than 10% of the soldiers in the Confederate Army who owned Slaves. What do you suppose the other 90% were fighting for. My Gr, Gr, Grandfather never owned a slave, and he said in letters home that the only reason he was fighting was because his Nation, his State had been invaded. Of course I’m sure Mr. Brundage knows better than a man who was actually a participant in the fighting, why he was fighting.
C. Everyone is familiar with the Emancipation Proclamation, it didn’t free slaves in territory Lincoln controlled and freed Slaves in areas where he had no control. President Lincoln stated he only did this so the Slaves would rise up and kill their masters, but it didn’t work.
D: Everyone knows the date the Emancipation Proclamation was issued was Jan. 1863, now put on your thinking cap. What was the last designated Slave State to enter the Union and when did this occur?
Wow, it was West Virginia and they entered the Union in June of 1863 as a Slave State some 6 months after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Yep you can really tell President Lincoln was concerned about Slavery!
E: Two more simple questions, when did slavery end in the South? April 1865 with the defeat of General Lee.
When did Slavery end in the North or Union States? Dec. 31st 1865 some 8 months after slavery ended in the South! In a ironic twist some slaves from Northern States were shipped to South America where Slavery was still legal. Of course those noble Yankees were just trying to find the Slaves good homes, not trying to make more money, because Mr. Brundage has assured us they were the good guys, and he’s a professor of History.
F. This is the single most significant question no one ever asks, no Professors dare teach, and no history book will ever print. Where did the greatest loss of Slave Life occur once those Slaves were in US hands?
Slavery wasn’t a noble institution, especially looking backwards and using todays standards. It was however, legal in almost every State. Slavery died in North America with the loss of 680,000 lives including more than 50,000 non-combatants in the South largely due to General Sherman and his war criminals.
Back to the question, the answer that you never see printed anywhere is the "Middle Passage". That was the time from when the Slaves entered the Ships flying American Flags until they landed in almost always in Northeastern Ports, first and primarily Providence RI, later in Boston and New York. On average around 40% of the Slaves died in passage, due to poor health, not helped at all by little or no food, usually only rain water to drink and no sanitary facilities at all. Routinely 40 or so of the better looking Slave Women were shared by the ships crew during the 6 months passage, and then tossed overboard. When you consider that fully 10,000,000 Slaves entered the US, there was another 4,000,000 buried at sea. Now at least 6 million Jews were slaughtered by the Nazi’s and it is rightly considered one of the most horrible act of human brutality in world history, yet the loss of 4,000,000 Black Lives and it doesn’t rate a blip on anyones radar, why is that? Oh thats right the flags were flying the US Flag, that made it okay to mistreat, rape and slaughter 4,000,000 Slaves. This same US flag flew over the extinction of more than 3,000,000 American Indians and more than 1,000 unique tribes were wiped off the face of the earth. The US was a signatory of the first Geneva Convention on rules of Warfare in 1862 and of course one of the primary rules was against making war on non-combatants, yet in 1863, 1864, and 1865 General Sherman oversaw the slaughter of more than 25,000 non-combatants, not counting the ones whose homes were burned and crops destroyed so there was nothing to eat.
Now before you start suggesting I leave the US if it is so evil, I am a disabled US Army Veteran courtesy of the Viet Cong. I am a member of the Cherokee Nation, a Baptist Evangelist and Director of a Christian School. as well as the Chaplain for my SCV Chapter. I support the US Government and pay Taxes like everyone else, but I also believe in my heart that the Confederacy is still a legal Nation. It was conquered by force of arms, its armies and navies destroyed or captured, but no Confederate Government official ever surrendered. In fact despite being illegally held for more than 2 years, Confederate President Jefferson Davis refused many deals that would have freed him if he would have accepted a parole, but that required him to admit that he and the Confederate States of America were wrong. President Davis was never tried and was eventually released without ever admitting guilt of any kind. In fact no Confederate Government Official was ever tried. So again, unless overwhelming force in manpower and equipment equates to being the right cause in Mr. Brundage’s opinion, I suggest that he might have his facts wrong as to who were the good people fighting for an evil cause.
I remain sincerely yours,
Rev. Dr. William H. Swann