The following article was written by a guest columnist Aaron Cook entitled, “In Defense of our Southern Heritage.”
“For many years our Confederate history and in particular our Confederate Battle Flag have been under a relentless assault of false propaganda by the national news media, Hollywood and television, and sadly, our educational system. One must wonder if the goal of the television and movie industry, by producing and promoting such propaganda, is to make blacks hate whites. especially, Southern whites.” My answer to that is a resounding, Yes!
“Consider for a moment what has happened to the image of the Confederate Battle Flag. First of all, there was no Ku Klux Klan in existence when this flag flew proudly over the Southern armies. For decades after the war the Battle Flag was a symbol of honor……”
“I say it is time to stand up and put an end to this anti-Southern bigotry and begin to replace fiction with the truth. Perhaps the greatest misconception held by many Americans in regards to our history, is that the secession of the Southern states and the ensuing invasion and destruction of the South by the United States was over the issue of slavery. As President Jefferson Davis, stated, ‘No matter how many times the issue of slavery was used as an occasion, it was not the cause of war.’ During the War for Southern Independence the North also had slaves, but refused to free them until after the war. Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Kentucky, Missouri and West Virginia, all owned slaves and vowed to keep them while staying in the Union. These states were under the direct control of the United States during the entire war. However, they were never required to free their slaves by the U.S. Government. In 1862, The U.S. Congress even refused to pass a Constitutional Amendment abolishing slavery. This coming at a time when every member of the House and Senate were from the North. While unknown to most, is a singular fact, that the Emancipation Proclamation exempted all of the border states and all the territory controlled by the Union army. In reality, it did not free a single slave. The document only applied to territory controlled by the Confederate States. Territory in which ‘Honest Abe’ had absolutely no control over. Lincoln, and members of his cabinet are on record stating that the Emancipation Proclamation was indeed a war measure, designed to incite a servile insurrection (the massacre of Southern whites) and hopefully turn the victorious tide of battle away from the South. How could the North be fighting the war to free Southern slaves when they would not even free their own? If the North was fighting to free the slaves, why then did Lincoln and the U.S. Congress offer to pass an amendment for the South, guaranteeing permanent slavery in the slave states if only the Southern states would return to the Union. In his inaugural address of March 4, 186l, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln stated, ‘I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it already exists.'”
“‘I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and no inclination to do so.’ Union General U.S. Grant stated that, ‘if I thought this war was to abolish slavery, I would resign my commission, and offer my sword to the other side.’ A war over slavery? Not hardly! All thirteen original colonies which seceded from England in 1776 and formed the United States owned slaves. Is then the 4th of July a racist holiday because all the original states held slaves? No, it is not. Do we teach our children the first American revolution was fought over the issue of slavery? No, of course not. Nor should we teach them that the Confederate States bid for independence was fought over the issue of slavery, because it was not.”
” The War for Southern Independence was found in defense of the principles of republican self-government. Southerners’ embraced and strictly adhered to the Constitution of 1787.”
“They saw themselves as the rightful heirs to the document their forefathers had bequeathed to them, and were willing to lay down their lives for the preservation of its principles. Furthermore, the Southern people were a religious people. The Southern soldiers fought on until the end because they believed God would bless them in life and in death in the defense of their homeland. It is an honorable thing to defend the truth of our heritage and the good name of our ancestors. God Bless America and God Bless the South!”
Thanks to this gentlemen who has given us the true story of this war.