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Facts About The American Civil War

I wanted to settle some myth’s about the American Civil War. The first myth is concerning the Confederate Flags used during the Civil War. One flag was used as a battle flag nicknamed “The Southern Cross”. Many consider this flag a form of racism, but it was not fashioned out of such. This flag has been adapted by many hate groups, but the origins of this flag represented solidity and courage. The Southern Cross was not used to display the South’s desire for racism.

This Southern Cross displays the cross of St. Andrew who was crucified. The largest influence for the fashion of the “cross” on the flag was the Scottish/Irish ancestry in the South during that time. The stars represented the eleven states in the Confederacy, plus Missouri and Kentucky. General P.G.T Beauregard proposed using the flag for the “battle flag” to represent the Confederacy. The flag “Stars and Stripes” was also used as a battle flag for the Confederacy. There was no uniformed flag used by the Confederate South. The South did not contain the industrial strength of the Northern United States and flags were always designed and created differently because of the scarce resources.

Another myth about the Civil War is that it began because of slavery. This myth could not be further from the truth. The Civil War was fought because of recession of the states. I want to add that the South was not the only part of the United States owning slaves. There were slave plantations found within the North, and slaves rebelling against their Northern masters. In 1641, Massachusetts became the first settlement to accept slavery by statute. There was a ship that sailed out of Boston four years later embarking on a slave journey to Africa with stopping in England. By the late 1700s, tens of thousands of Africans were living as slaves in the North. Slavery began in the Northern United States with slaves being labeled “cotton spinners”, and in the South, they were labeled “cotton pickers”.

A great book for your reading pleasure is called “Complicity: How the North Promoted and Prolonged and Profited from Slavery.” Ann Farrow, Joel Lang and Jennifer Frank Ballantine wrote this book after exhausting research into slavery and Northerners. The book reports the discovery of five-thousand slaves in Connecticut the year before the Revolutionary War began. The book also reports that Rhode Island shipped nearly five-thousand slaves in less than twenty years. During that era, the Narragansett Plantation matched the plantations of Virginia in acreage and slaves.

According to the book, Deep River Connecticut was the receiving agency for elephant tusks shipped in from Ivoryton. Enslaved Africans were forced to carry the tusks hundreds of miles to the coast for shipment. Two abolitionists were rumored in running the elephant tusk mill which proves that they did not mix business with their politics. Most of the abolitionists from the Civil War Era were hypocrites. Most of them owned slaves while standing on soapboxes denouncing slavery. Benjamin Franklin who was once an indentured servant was discovered to be a slave owner.

Another great book on this topic is a book titled “New York Burning”, by Jill Lepore. The book uncovers the truth about the fires of New York City back in 1741. The fires were alleged to have been a slave rebellion with thirty slaves meeting their deaths after being executed.

Some people have stated that slaves were forced to fight in the Civil War. This is not true, for Southern and Northern Blacks contained patriotism, even though they were not recognized citizens of the United States. Some Southern Blacks did run away and join the North as they marched through Southern towns. The North considered these runaway slaves “fugitives” and “contraband”.

The North did not know what to do with the newly arrived slaves. They did not know if they should give those weapons or return them to the fields. The Northerners eventually utilized the Southern Black fugitives as messengers and spies. Southern Black fugitives were not trusted initially by the Union. They were labeled traitors.

The Civil War was not about slavery, it was a struggle for democracy. No white person “freed” the slaves, for they freed themselves with rebelling against masters in the South and the North. They fashioned themselves as assets to the military while pushing for emancipation. Abraham Lincoln signed the “Emancipation Proclamation”, but it proved a futile document. Southerners and Northerners simply ignored it.

There were Black Confederate military units. Free men and slaves formed these units. They were willing to shed blood for the defense of what they called home. One black soldier was quoted “Pardon me General, but the only cowardly blood we have got in our veins is the white blood”.
General Forest had slaves and free men serving in his military units. He stated of these men that they stayed with him, and better Confederates did not live. Stonewall Jackson had three-thousand equipped black troops who fought with him at Antietam. There were 60,000-93,000 blacks who did served the Confederacy, hoping for a better future.

Why do people see Abraham Lincoln as an advocate for slaves? Abraham Lincoln was quoted “I will say, then, that I am not, not have I ever been in favor of bringing about in any ways the social and political equality of the white and black races….I am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race”.

Slavery is a matter of the past in our nation’s history. America is now a melting pot with equality afforded to all its citizens. There are numerous myths about the Civil War, but one fact remains true. The Civil War was a trying time for both sides that fought one another during one of the bloodiest battles in our nation’s history.

Anne Farrow; John Lang; Jennifer Frank; “Complicity: How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery.” Chapter 1. Ballantine Books, The Hartford Courant Company: Hartford, Connecticut. 2005.

Jill Lepore; “New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan.” Powell Books, Alfred A. Knopf: 2005.

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Actually, there are plenty of liars on his list if you follow the link.
Margie… Clinton lied under oath, too… *AND* apparantly (unconfirmed here, still waiting for the link) was a convicted felon who was pardoned by Kennedy back in the 70’s. I’ll post the link here when (If?) it surfaces… the last comment is repeating form another question.
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6 Responses to “Facts About The American Civil War”

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  • wisdomforfools:

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    Edit: To the guy above me with the phallic obsession (cigar) – yeah, Clinton never pardoned a traitor… he just authorized the sale of nuclear secrets to the Chinese for campaign contributions… but that’s not being a traitor is it?

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