South fought for freedom, liberty

Once again the ugly head of ignorance rises in the Southland.

Recently there has been a spate of letters in your public forum from the usual suspects, calling for the removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from public display in Columbia.

This is particularly tragic given the fact that many of the howlers for same descend from heroic men and women in their native lands and are being grossly misled.

The men and women of the South, with South Carolina being foremost in valor and spirit, fought for freedom and liberty in 1861-65, as had their ancestors of 1776.

Nothing less; nothing more.

And the discerning mind can verify that in one simple and convenient place, by digesting the material in the new book from the great Charles Adams: "Slavery, Secession, and Civil War: Views from the UK and Europe, 1856-1865."

The peerless British historian, Lord Acton, who uttered the immortal truth: "Power corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely," had this to say in his first letter to General Robert E. Lee:

"I saw in States’ Rights the only availing check upon the absolutism of the sovereign will, and secession filled me with hope, not as the destruction but as the redemption of Democracy … I deemed that you (Lee) were fighting the battles of our liberty, our progress, and our civilization; and I mourn for the stake which was lost at Richmond more deeply than I rejoice over that which was saved at Waterloo."

Wes Drawdy
Greenville

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