The SLAVERY ISSUE
Response to "Secession in Official Southern Documents".
I believe Mr. Jerry C. Brewer Pvts. Grayson & Brewer SCV Camp, 2118 to be incorrect on the subject of the Southern Confederacy and slavery.
There are the Ordinances of Secession, and the Declaration of Causes to secede from the Federal Union.
Often overlooked by Confederate history buffs – four States and the Cherokee Indian Nation all wrote, A Declaration of Causes to Secede from the Federal Union.
The documents used by Confederate adversaries and referred to as the “Official Confederate Documents” clearly state, most often from the onset, that the Confederate States intended to maintain the institution
of slavery – and most damning is the Texas Declaration of Causes to Secede From the Federal Union in a rant of the white race being superior to the black, that the Black man is here to be subservient to the white,
that the Republic of Texas was established in the compact of States (The U.S. Constitution) with the institution of slavery, and as a result that slavery would be extended to all future generations of Texans – and finally, clearly stating… that the Confederacy itself was established for the purpose of maintaining the intuition of slavery.
As damning as the Texas Declaration of Causes to Secede From the Federal Union is, one would suspect it is the smoking gun that the Confederacy did in fact fight for slavery.
But one must consider two important amendments.
The Corwin Amendment passed by the U.S. Senate and House, as well as the U.S. Crittenden Resolution – each stating that the North was not interested in war for slavery if only the South remained in the Union.
The conclusion in light of these 2 amendments, and the Declaration of Cause of the 4 States… is that the South was indeed interested in maintaining the institution of slavery and willing to fight for that cause – although the war was not fought on the issue of slavery as the South had the opportunity to remain in the Union by Northern consent “with” slavery; and further that the Southern secession was truly in regard to Southern Independence – the “Southern Cause” most eloquently expressed in the Declaration of Causes To Secede From the Federal
Union…by the Cherokee Indian Nation – not a Confederate State, unfortunately.
Robert E. Lee stated: “So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that Slavery is abolished. I believe it will be greatly for the interest of the South.
So fully am I satisfied of this that I would have cheerfully lost all that I have lost by the war, and have suffered all that I have suffered to have this object attained”.
Lee’s finest words: “The reputation of individuals is of minor importance compared to the opinion posterity may form for the motives which governed the South in their late struggle for the maintenance of the principles of the Constitution.
I hope therefore a true history will be written, and justice done them
Charles E. Parks, CSA