Website little more than shameful lies
August 06, 2010

To the editor:

My overall impression of the North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial website is one of political correctness and an unbalanced view of the War of 1861-1865. The website exhibits varying degrees of bias toward the South’s bid for independence and North Carolina’s role in that effort.

Great effort is expended to convince everyone that the four years of bloodshed was a civil war. As pointed out by conservative columnist Walter Williams, among others including economist Thomas J. DiLorenzo, Professor Ludwell H. Johnson, etc., the way of 1861-1865 was not a civil war. Williams correctly asserted that like the Revolutionary War, the so-called Civil War was a war of independence.

The American Hisotrical Association presents the National Park Service determination that enslavement of Africans was the sole cause of the war. The National Park Service deliberately ignores other factors such as high tariffs, adherence to constitutional principles, or fears of political and economic domination by the North that make for a considerably more complex situation.

No mention is made of the fact that before the war, Abraham Lincoln supported the original 13th Amendment that would have barred the federal government from ever interfering with that institution. No mention was made of so-called Black Codes that Northern and Midwestern states adopted to discriminate against blacks before such codes were adopted in the South.

The role of black North Carolinians and other black Southerners who wore the gray was completely ignored. Although not officially sanctioned by the Confederate or state governments, many served willingly because the South was their home too. They performed a variety of tasks including manual labor, artisans and especially teamsters. But the most surprising fact of all is that an estimated 19,000 African-Americans have been identified who bore arms in the Confederate armed forces.

This website is really nothing more than a shameful part of the bright, shining lie that has concealed the true nature of Lincoln’s war of aggression against the South.

Walter L. Adams Jr.