Skip to comments.The Terrible Truth About Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate War
Posted on 01/20/2014 1:42:16 PM PST by mhutcheson
President Lincoln has been all but deified in America, with a god-like giant statue at a Parthenon-like memorial in Washington. Generations of school children have been indoctrinated with the story that Honest Abe Lincoln is a national hero who saved the Union and fought a noble war to end slavery, and that the evil Southern states seceded from the Union to protect slavery. This is the Yankee myth of history, written and promulgated by Northerners, and it is a complete falsity. It was produced and entrenched in the culture in large part to gloss over the terrible war crimes committed by Union soldiers in the War Between the States, as well as Lincolns violations of the law, his shredding of the Constitution, and other reprehensible acts. It has been very effective in keeping the average American ignorant of the real causes of the war, and the real nature, character and record of Lincoln. Let us look at some unpleasant facts.
In his first inaugural address, Lincoln stated clearly that (1) he had no legal authority to interfere with slavery where it existed, (2) that he had no inclination or intention to do so even if he had the legal authority, (3) that he would enforce the Fugitive Slave Act, returning runaway slaves escaping to the North to their masters in the South, and (4) that he fully supported the Thirteenth Amendment then being debated in Congress which would protect slavery in perpetuity and was irrevocable. He later famously stated, Do not paint me with the Abolitionist brush.
Although there was some opposition to slavery in the country, the government was willing to concede everything the South wanted regarding slavery to keep it in the Union. Given all these facts, the idea that the South seceded to protect slavery is as absurd as the idea that Lincoln fought the war to end slavery. Lincoln himself said in a famous letter after the war began that his sole purpose was to save the Union, and not to either save or end slavery; that if he could save the Union without freeing a single slave, he would. Nothing could be clearer.
For decades before the war, the South, through harsh tariffs, had been supplying about 85% of the countrys revenue, nearly all of which was being spent in the North to boost its economy, build manufacturing, infrastructure, railroads, canals, etc. With the passage of the 47% Morrill Tariff the final nail was in the coffin. The South did not secede to protect slavery, although certainly they wished to protect it; they seceded over a dispute about unfair taxation, an oppressive Federal government, and the right to separate from that oppression and be governed by consent, exactly the same issues over which the Founding Fathers fought the Revolutionary War. When a member of Lincolns cabinet suggested he let the South go in peace, Lincoln famously replied, Let the South go? Where, then, would we get our revenue! He then launched a brutal, empirical war to keep the free and sovereign states, by force of arms, in the Union they had created and voluntarily joined, and then voluntarily left. This began his reign of terror.
Lincoln was the greatest tyrant and despot in American history. In the first four months of his presidency, he created a complete military dictatorship, destroyed the Constitution, ended forever the constitutional republic which the Founding Fathers instituted, committed horrendous crimes against civilian citizens, and formed the tyrannical, overbearing and oppressive Federal government which the American people suffer under to this day. In his first four months, he
Four months after Fort Sumter, when Lincoln finally called Congress back into session, no one dared oppose anything he wanted or speak out against him for fear of imprisonment, so completely had he entrenched his unilateral power and silenced his other many critics. The Union army, under Generals Grant, Sherman, Sheridan and President Lincoln, committed active genocide against Southern civilians---this is difficult for some to believe, but it is explicit in their writings and dispatches at the time and indisputable in their actions. Tens of thousands of Southern men, women and children---civilians---white and black, slave and free alike---were shot, hanged, raped, imprisoned without trial, their homes, lands and possessions stolen, pillaged and burned, in one of the most horrific and brutal genocides ever inflicted upon a people anywhere; but the Yankee myth of history is silent in these well-documented matters. For an excellent expose of these war crimes and their terrible extent, see War Crimes Against Southern Civilians by Walter Brian Cisco (Pelican Publishing Co. 2007, ISBN 9871589804661).
Only after the Union had suffered two years of crushing defeats in battle did Lincoln resolve to emancipate the slaves, and only as a war measure, a military tactic, not for moral or humanitarian purposes. He admitted this, remarking, We must change tactics or lose the game. He was hoping, as his original draft of the document shows, that a slave uprising would occur, making it harder for Southerners to continue the war. His only interest in freeing the slaves was in forcing the South to remain in the Union. His Emancipation Proclamation was denounced by Northerners, Southerners and Europeans alike for its absurdity and hypocrisy; for, it only freed the slaves in the seceded states---where he could not reach them---and kept slavery intact in the North and the border states---where he could have freed them at once.
The Gettysburg Address, the most famous speech in American history, is an absurd piece of war rhetoric and a poetry of lies. We were not engaged in a great Civil War, to see whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, can long endure. The South was engaged in a War of Independence from a tyrannical North, and after having legally seceded, wished only to be let alone. The North was engaged in a war of empire, to keep the South involuntarily under its yoke. Government of the people, by the people and for the people would not have perished from the earth had the North lost the war; on the contrary, it perished in the United States when the North won the war; for, freely representative government, by consent of the governed, is exactly what the South was fighting for and exactly what Lincolns military victory destroyed.
The checks and balances of powers, the separation of powers, the constitutional constraints so carefully and deliberately put into place by the Founding Fathers, had all been destroyed in Lincolns first months. The Republic which the Founders gave us had been completely destroyed and a new nation-state was set up; one in which the free and sovereign States would afterward be only vassals and tributaries, slaves to an all-powerful, oppressive Federal government. This new nation-state is completely different in both nature and consequence to the original American Republic. One only has to look around today to see the end results and legacy of Lincolns war, his destruction of freedom, and his institution of despotic, centralized governmental power and tyranny.
In retrospect, it is a tragedy that John Wilkes Booth did not act four years earlier. Slavery would have ended naturally, as it has everywhere else (except in African and Arab states); the American Republic, liberty, and 700,000 lives would have been saved, and untold thousands of those young men would have lived to contribute their ingenuity, inventions, creativity and talents to the political, economic, literary, scientific and social legacy of our people. And the greatest despotic tyrant in American history would never have gained the foothold of power or been able to establish the oppressive and omnipotent Federal government we all suffer under today.
Oh, shut up.
What a better world this would be if the South succession had been a achieved permanently.
And the Union was saved.
Oooh, your going to raise the ire of those “it is all about slavery” robots. Get on your flame suit.
There are seldom complete falsities, or complete truths, in history. In the name of intellectual honestly, southerners might as well admit that slavery was in fact, an important factor. Northerners should admit that it was far from the only factor, and that Lincoln broke the law on multiple occasions.
The Constitution is not a suicide pact.
Lincoln did what he had to do.
"Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest of the world."
” The South was engaged in a War of Independence from a tyrannical North, and after having legally seceded, wished only to be let alone. The North was engaged in a war of empire, to keep the South involuntarily under its yoke”
The war continues today with libs playing the north and conservatives the south.
What a better world this would be if the South succession had been a achieved permanently.
Also, it is what gave us big government. Before Lincoln, the united states was more akin to the EU. The federal government was VERY limited. I compare it to a brick wall. the states are the bricks and the mortar holding them together is the Federal government.
Now we have a mortar wall with fifty marbles embedded in it.
For decades before the war, the South, through harsh tariffs, had been supplying about 85% of the countrys revenue
This came up on FR just the other day. I did some quick research and it appears to be a common bone of contention. Some folks say it's true. Some folks say it's not true. Perhaps I need better research skills, but I was not able to come up with any specific taxes or tariffs, and the years they were passed, which support the claim that the South was victimized in this way, or that the any huge percentage of federal revenue was coming from the cotton.
If anyone can give me cold, hard, specific facts which support the claim, I would be much obliged.
“he had imprisoned nearly all those who dared to simply speak out against his unconstitutional usurpations of power.”
Coming to a White House near us?
What you said.
Didn’t Obummer say that Lincoln was his favorite?
Some blogs are better off excerpted ....
Add to you list...
14. Picked his nose...
15. Scratched his nuts in public...
Gee... this crap gets old.....
It’s not like history will be reversed...
Wouldn't have to put up with the SEC for one thing.
Imagine? No. But hoped for? Yes.
Wow, what a persuasive refutation. How long did you work on it ?
Southerners call it what it was, the War of Northern Aggression.
Well done. The war was about money and political machinations as are most wars. It was certainly not about slavery.
If Lincoln had lived all the blacks today would be sitting over in Africa or on the Res out in the black hills. He planned to remove them from mainstream society.
And if he had to imprison anyone who spoke out against the war and send his troops to murder a few hundred thousand people, so be it.
No way. The 1860s Dems and the 2014 Dems are just alike, they both see themselves as elitist and want to enslave as many people as possible. The good guys on in 1865, no doubt about it.
I am not in the mood for that.
Some of my ancestors came her to get away from incredible abuse of power during Reconstruction, which did not last long then in Texas. It was a bit dangerous for outside meddlers here then.
Hold the phone. Does the author know anything about the actual war?
"The Virginia front was by far the more prestigious theater. ... Yet the war's outcome was decided not there but in the vast expanse that stretched west from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi and beyond. Here, in the West, the truly decisive battles were fought."-- Stephen Woodward.
The union won nearly every battle in the western theatre.
I would also like to know the truth of this.
As I recall, Confederate General Longstreet once ‘the South left the Union because of our differences, the only difference I ever heard of was slavery’.
So argue away that the Civil War was not about slavery, I believe that many confederate soldiers actually believed that. Ultimately the war WAS about differences that hinged on slavery. Consequently, the Civil War really was about slavery.
If it had not been for Slavery, the South would have never left the Union in the first place.
“The war continues today with libs playing the north and conservatives the south.”
I seem to recall the governments of the seceding states were filled with Democrats and the Copperheads and Northern Democrats opposed the war.
Looks to me like the Democrats/Socialists/Leftists have been working to destroy this country since at least the 1860s.
Some of us dont stand with them.
I agree with this, bravo!
The fact that The South was pro-slavery overshadows and overwrites everything else. People who whine about the South being treated unfairly, having a right to secede, blah-blah-blah are the same as people who cry crocodile tears over the burning of Dresden or the Hiroshima nuking or Osama Bin Laden being killed without a proper trial. When your country/organization is responsible for the Holocaust, or the Rape of Nanking, or 9/11, or slavery, you are always wrong in every conflict with a nation that rejects such savagery.
The South was pro-slave, the North was anti-slave, it doesn’t matter if Lincoln aggregated power, or fired the first shot, or burned Southern cities, or used slavery as a pretext for putting down a legitimate rebellion. The slave factor overrides everything else, just like the Holocaust factor completely justifies the Dresden bombing and Japanese inhumanity to captured civilians and soldiers justifies Hiroshima.
Here is what the South SHOULD have done, to win the war or atleast to save its reputation in defeat: All they had to do was to free the slaves. The great justification for the war would be gone, and even if defeated, the Confederate cause would not be forever stained with slavery. What they did do was the exact opposite, they cemented slavery in their founding documents and thus doomed their cause not only to certain defeat, but to infamy.
The facts support your article. I’ve long argued that it was not a “civil war”, which is defined as a war between citizens of the same country, but rather a “war of Northern aggression.” Nothing in the Constitution forbids states from seceding. Your article is great because it’s based on facts and not the fabrications of the victors. Lincoln should have listened to that member of his cabinet that suggested he let the South go in peace. Great article.
You're going to be waiting a long time. lol
There was never a tariff or levy on the south in the years leading up to the war. The south opposed the tariff on foreign goods because it caused a trade war to hurt them in the cotton business. The Congress gave the south what they wanted in 1853 or so, lowering the tariff to an acceptable rate to the south.
Like Mississippi said, it was all about slavery.
Get over it. The North won. Even R.E. Lee and James Longstreet accepted that the war settled the issue.
Except for that whole Sumter thing. lol
What a thread! I wish that you had provided more references than that single link to substantiate your assertions. Its Google time.
What a better world this would be if the south would have picked their own dam cotton!
How do you explain the Declarations of Secession, which say it was slavery?
Well then, dig him up and shoot him again, idiot.
Who fired first on who?
And where there NO human rights violations by the Confederate Army?
Yes, Slavery has been with us through most of human history but it absurd for you to say, on the one hand, that the War was not about slavery, and then defend slavery.
You sound like the Holocaust deniers who say it never happened and then say that it should happen again.
Definitely tagged for interest. Years ago I would have thought this concept was bogus. As I see the Federal govt encroaching upon my life, however...........
Didn't the south fire the first shot?
School’s out today so I guess thats why you turned up so fast. Did they run you off the currency thread? :-)
“Before Lincoln, the united states was more akin to the EU.”
I’m sure that Brussels would disagree with that equation. They consider themselves much more powerful that the antebellum US Federal Government.
How many battles were fought in Confederate states and how many in Union states? I’ll bet 99% were fought in the Confederacy.
But the North won the war and as usual the winners get to write the history.
While that would be fun, it would be a little redundant.
I know how much you hate being asked to back up your claims.
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