Re: A TRUE ESTIMATE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN & Vindication of the South
 
From: MorrisHart@aol.com
 
Col. Franklin,
 
I truly mean you no disrespect, sir, but it surprises me that an academic and field grade officer should suffer the degree of ignorance that besets you.  I can only lay your condition to the quality of education extant in the US today—likely no fault of your own.  That we are engaged now in two wars, expensive in both blood and treasure, can be directly attributed to the War Between the States and to Abraham Lincoln.  Lincoln altered the presidency from the constitutionally defined office limited by checks and balances, a position that existed to do the bidding of the states and the people, and he twisted it into that of a steadily developing tyranny, the holder of which may now unilaterally declare war!  During his war, Lincoln was directly responsible for the death of perhaps a million people—not totally military personnel–but also old men, women and children, black and white, slave and free.  The South has not yet recovered from that War.  The Southerners you mentioned who don’t explain for you their problem with Lincoln either suffer from an educational system similar to the one you experienced, or they don’t wish to appear rude to you; they are Southerners, after all.
 
You owe it to yourself (and I beg you) to read: War Crimes Against Southern Civilians by Walter Brian Cisco, Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe or The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War both by Thomas DiLorenzo, and  When In the Course of Human Events by Charles Adams.  While the first book although well supported, tends more to oral history, the last three you will find quite satisfactorily academic and very well foot-noted.  No doubt, when one considers the massive nineteenth and twentieth century campaign to salvage Lincoln’s reputation after his destruction of the Constitution, to make it appear as if he destroyed the institution o f slavery, to virtually “canonize” him, that “he might be the most written about president in our history” should come as no surprise.  However, I doubt that less has been written about Adolf Hitler or perhaps even Joseph Stalin or Mao.  I am most interested to understand what, in your eyes, constitutes a great American.  Sadly, you can’t talk with my great grandmother who lived through the devastation of that war and survived to tell her many progeny of the grasping and destructive Yankee and his evil leader.
 
And, learning history, sir, is never a waste of time.
 
Very respectfully,
 
Morris E. Hart