Lincoln letter #3
From: jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net

Children are taught that "Abraham Lincoln was kind and generous." This is an outright lie written by Northern historians. If the Confederate States of America had won The War Between the States (Civil War) 1861-1865, Abraham Lincoln, Sherman, and Sheridan would have been tried for war crimes.

General Philip Sheridan destroyed the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, burning hundreds of houses to the ground and killing or stealing all livestock and destroying crops long after the Confederate Army had left the valley, just as winter was approaching.

General William T. Sherman burned Atlanta, Georgia and approximately 60 counties east to Savannah. Sherman’s New York regiments were filled with big city criminals and foreigners fresh from the jails of Europe. Lincoln recruited the worst of the worst to serve as pillagers and plunderers in Sherman’s army. They committed horrible atrocities against the civilian population of Georgia including women and children. They kidnapped approximately 600 women and children from a Roswell, Georgia mill and shipped them north where they were forced to work as slave labor in northern factories.

Lincoln used the war to "remove the constraints that Southern senators and congressmen, standing in the Jeffersonian tradition, placed in the way of centralized federal power, high tariffs, and subsidies to Northern industries." Indeed, Lincoln’s 28-year political career prior to becoming president was devoted almost exclusively to this end. Even Lincoln idolater Mark Neely, Jr., in The Fate of Liberty, noted that as early as the 1840s, Lincoln exhibited a "gruff and belittling impatience" with constitutional arguments against his cherished Whig economic agenda of protectionist tariffs, corporate welfare for the railroad and road building industries, and a federal government monopolization of the money supply. Once he was in power, Lincoln appointed himself "constitutional dictator" and immediately pushed through this mercantilist economic agenda – an agenda that had been vetoed by president after president beginning with Jefferson.

Far from saving the Union, Lincoln utterly destroyed the Union achieved by the Founding Fathers and the U.S. Constitution. The original Union was a voluntary association of states. By holding it together at gunpoint Lincoln may have "saved" the Union in a geographic sense, but he destroyed it in a philosophical sense.

James W. King
Albany, Georgia

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