- Get a copy of the Constitution, a facsimile, and read the preamble. It says We the people
- of the united States of America...", not the
United States of America.
- In the Declaration of Independence, it states
"... The unanimous declaration of the thirteen united States of America."
- Virginia, New York, and Rhode Island on entering the Union
in express terms, the right to withdraw from the same whenever they deemed
it to their interest. Were they not admitted without question?
the declared right of these States the absolute right of all?
- In 1806, New England leaders grew white with rage over the idea of
admitting Louisiana into the Union. Senator Plumer of New Hampshire
said, "The Eastern States must and will dissolve the Union and form a
separate government of their own and the sooner the better." Senator
Pickering of Massachusetts wrote: "I rather anticipate a new
Confederacy exempt from the corrupt influence of this aristocratic
Democrats of the South. There will be separation, The British provinces
of Canada, even with the consent of Great Britain, will become members
of the Northern Confederacy."
- "[Commentaries on the Constitution of
the United States]" -- breathes the very essence of States'
rights, and the right of secession is distinctly set forth by Rawle's..
When we remember that only seven years had then elapsed since New
York, Vermont, Connecticut, and, perhaps, other Northern States
asserted this right, and threatened to exercise it or make
dishonorable terms of peace with Great Britain unless the war,
was stopped, we can understand that Mr. Calhoun was not violating
Northern sentiment in introducing Rawle on the Constitution at
West Point. It there remained as a text book till 1861, and Mr.
Davis and Sidney Johnston, and General Joe Johnston and General
Lee, and all the rest of us who retired with Virginia from the
Federal Union, were not only obeying the plain instincts of our
nature and dictates of duty, but we were obeying the very
inculcations we had received in the National School.
In 1844 the admission of Texas was a question. Did not the Legislature of
Massachusetts pass the following resolution, "That the project of the
annexation of Texas, unless arrested on the threshold, may drive these
States into a dissolution of the Union"
- Rep. Marlin Schneider of Wisconsin informs us that
- Wisconsin almost seceded over the Dred Scott decision.
Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Arkansas were drawn into the conflict
ONLY after they were ordered to provide a military force to be used to
invade and bare arms against the other seceding states. They felt that this
was a criminal unwarranted act of aggression without Constitutional
Authority. Which it was.
- Lincoln's War of Federal Aggression started against 7
States for one reason but was increased by 4 States for the reason that the
aggression was without any authority and without law. In other words, four
States joined the cause because they refused to join in the criminal act of
violating the Constitution of the United States.
- Many of the newspapers that supported the Republican party openly called
for a military invasion of southern ports to keep the South from adopting free
trade, which was written into the Confederate Constitution of 1861.
- West Virginia was the last slave state
admitted to the Union, annexed in 1863. If the western counties of
Virginia stuck with the Confederacy, they'd be forced to free their
slaves by the Emancipation Proclamation. If they joined the Union,
they could keep them. There's just no argument here. You can't
say the Union fought to free the slaves when they were busy
admitting a new slave state at the same time, as well as having 1/2
million slaves in Union border states. What hypocrisy!
- Horace Greeley's American Conflict Vol. I
The first state to actual exercise its right to secede was not South Carolina, not even one from the South at all, but low and behold one from New England. Vermont declared its independence from the "union" over disagreements in our participation in the war of 1812.
- Thomas Jefferson, of Virginia, urged in the Declaration of Independence
that the slave trade be forbidden. John Adams, of Massachusetts, urged that
clause be omitted.
- The Confederate decision to fight as a de-facto nation-state waging conventional war might well have been a critical
decision. Richmond could perhaps rather have waged the contest along the lines of national
liberation movements of our century. A protracted irregular war could have sapped the strength out
of the Union so superior in men, weapons and material.
- King Gelele of Africa
- Wilmot, explained to King Gelele: "England has been doing her
utmost to stop the slave trade in this country. Much money has been spent, and
many lives sacrificed to obtain this desirable end, but hitherto without
success. I have come to ask you to put an end to this traffic and to enter into
some treaty with me."
- Gelele refused: "If white men came to buy, why should I not sell?"
Wilmot asked how much money he needed. "No money will induce me...I am not
like the kings of Lagos and Benin. There are only two kings in Africa, Ashanti
and Dahomey: I am King of all the Blacks. Nothing will compensate me for the
lose of the slave trade." Gelele also told Burton, "If I cannot sell
my captives taken in war, I must kill them, and surely the English would not
like that. King Gelele of Africa
- Between 2,000 and 3,000 Jews fought under the Confederate flag, said
Charleston attorney and historian Robert N. Rosen.
"As you study the history of the South, you see the Jews were very
loyal to the Confederate cause," said Rosen, whose newest book, "The
Jewish Confederates," is scheduled for publication in October.
- The ranks of the Union Army Officer Corps contained 1,000 more slave owners
its counterpart in the Confederate Army.
LINCOLN signs amendment protecting slavery for all time:
The following amendment to the Constitution relating to slavery was
proposed by the 2d session of the Thirty-sixth Congress on March 2, 1861,
when it passed the Senate, having previously passed the House on February
28, 1861. It is interesting to note in this connection that this is the
only proposed (and not ratified) amendment to the Constitution to have
been signed by the President. The President's signature is considered
unnecessary because of the constitutional provision that on the
concurrence of two-thirds of both Houses of Congress the proposal shall be
submitted to the States for ratification.
- Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United
States of America in Congress assembled, That the following article
be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States as an
amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which, when
ratified by three-fourths of said Legislatures, shall be valid, to
all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution, viz:
- Article Thirteen
- No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will
authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere,
within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including
that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State.
- In 1862 there
was a small "war" between federal soldiers and the Santee
- of Minnesota.
At the end of the hostilities 303 Indians who were merely present at
- conclusion of
the fighting were arrested, imprisoned, and scheduled to be
- after military
"trials" or tribunals that lasted about ten minutes each,
- David Nichols,
author of Lincoln
and the Indians. As Nichols explains, Lincoln was
- fearful that
the European powers might be encouraged to be more supportive of
- Confederacy if
they learned of a mass execution of 303 men whose guilt had not
- proven beyond
reasonable doubt, so he pared the number down to just 39. This
- out to be the
largest mass execution in American history yet, incredibly, some
praise rather than criticize the Lincoln administration for it
- "it could
have been worse."
From: The South and Southern History
by Clyde Wilson
One of the most important works in Southern history is Frank L. Owsley's
Plain Folk of the Old South. Owsley demonstrates that the South was not,
according to abolitionist propaganda, made up of slaves, haughty
aristocrats, and degraded poor whites, but the bulk of the people were
independent farmers and stockraisers who had economic sufficiency and a love
of liberty and were not bossed by anybody. The official stance of academic
historians today is that "Owsley has been disproved." They must say this,
because if the Old South was not as the abolitionists fancied it to be,
desire for independence cannot be discredited and its invasion and
destruction cannot be justified. In fact, Owsley has not been disproved and
cannot be. The literature which might seriously challenge him does not
You cannot understand the conflict that led to the War of Southern
Independence unless you know something about the Old North. It was the North
that suffered a revolution in its ways of thinking and doing. The historical
path taken by the Old South is only explained by the economic, demographic,
political, and religious changes in the North in the 19th century. It was
these changes that brought to power the elements that demanded the
destruction of the South and that reinterpreted the Constitution and the
meaning of the Union. Only recently have historians begun to look carefully
at the Old North, and some good books have appeared. If there is one certain
indisputable generalization we can make about the North in the War and the
periods before and after, it is this: The Union side NEVER did anything with
a primary motive of benevolence toward the black population of America.
Southerners have historically been the most loyal to the United States and
ready to fight in its defense of all Americans. They are also the Americans
most loyal to their own region and their own states, and the most likely to
remain in their native territory. This is not paradoxical because loyalty is
an indivisible quality of character. Their loyalty makes Southerners natural
enemies of those powerful Americans who are not loyal to their people or
country but to the government and the "propositions" it allegedly
In his book "North Against South" Professor Emeritus of History at the College
of William and Mary, Ludwell H. Johnson, has observed, in regard to the war
that: "The Republicans could recruit their ranks by using the war as a bountiful
source of patronage, as well as by accommodating the various interests that had
rallied to their banner. Many people at every social and political level
regarded the Union cause primarily as an opportunity to make money or to advance
their public careers, or both." Not to be outdone, the federal government, on
March 3, 1863, passed the Captured and Abandoned Property Act. Professor Johnson
has noted that "The latter's main concern was cotton, and its execution
confirmed Southerners in their belief that the real object of the war was to rob
them. Property of a non-warlike nature taken by Federal forces was regarded as
'captured'; property whose owners were absent, presumably within Confederate
lines, was considered 'abandoned.' The Treasury Department was responsible for
its collection or administration. This led to a great proliferation of the
department's bureaucracy,..." And Johnson continued: "The full extent of fraud
perpetrated by these swarms of agents will never be known. In corrupt collusion
with army officers, they got up expeditions whose sole purpose was to capture
cotton." So, between Yankee bureaucrats and corrupt Yankee officers, they were
all going to make a bundle off Southern misery. It could well be said of them
that, in their support for the Union, "their hypocrisy knew no bounds."
The ill-fated Red River Campaign of Yankee General Commissary Banks was a prime
example. In his interesting book "War Along the Bayous" author William Riley
Brooksher has told us that: "Despite Banks' strenuous efforts to control
activities involving cotton, Washington and (Rear Admiral) Porter together were
too much for him. So pervasive was the scramble for cotton and so broad was the
influence of some speculators that even Banks' own headquarters boat had brought
a 'whole regiment' of speculators, most 'bearing licenses from Washington.'
Everybody seemed to be in on the act as civilians and a portion of the military
scrambled for cotton taking it with little regard for ownership or the needs of
the expedition. So determined and desperate were they for transportation for
their bonanza that cotton was piled on gunboats and coal barges emptied to make
room for it. The use of threats and bribes was not overlooked either." Brooksher
relates the story of one naval lieutenant, patrolling the mouth of the Red
River, who was offered another stripe if he would let cotton through and he was
threatened with dismissal if he wouldn't. Rear Admiral Porter had his hand in
the pot too. He detailed several vessels to go out collecting cotton. In fact
the Navy was so much into grabbing Southern cotton that according to Army
Captain John S. Cooney it "was about the principle thing the navy did." One
observer rather cynically noted that while the army did all the dirty work
fighting the Confederates, the Navy then rolled in, once the fighting was over,
picked up all the Southern cotton they could get their hands on, and they got
one third of the money it brought in as a prize, while all the soldiers that
slogged through the bayous and fought the Confederates got nothing, except
casualties. As I said earlier, it really makes you wonder who Mr. Lincoln was
"preserving the Union" for.
In his memoirs Sherman wrote that
when he met with Lincoln after his March to the Sea was completed, Lincoln was
eager to hear the stories of how thousands of Southern civilians, mostly women,
children, and old men, were plundered, sometimes murdered, and rendered
homeless. Lincoln, according to Sherman, laughed almost uncontrollably at the
stories. Even Sherman biographer Lee Kennett, who writes very favorably of the
general, concluded that had the Confederates won the war, they would have been
"justified in stringing up President Lincoln and the entire Union high
command for violation of the laws of war, specifically for waging war against
- http://www.acws.co.uk/ This is the article I said I'd send you
John Collier( CollierJscv@020.co.uk)
on Black Confederates
I read with interest the remarks by Carolyn Hall regarding Gary Edmisten's letter on Black Confederates, especially as Gary and I communicate frequently by mail and he strikes me as the sort of bloke who always tries "to get it right".
This led me to research this subject even further. I had written to the Newsletter regarding individuals and small groups of coloureds who fought for the South, and I came upon several more like The Richmond Howitzers partially manned by Black militiamen. James Washington, a sergeant in Co D, 34th Texas cavalry and Horace King, a former slave who became known as "The bridge builder of the Confederacy" for his engineering skills, but I agree that a few individuals here and there barely make a token contribution. But I came upon instances involving whole companies and men in their hundreds and even thousands.
Frederick Douglas in the fall of 1861 said, "There are at present many Coloured men in the Confederate Army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and labourers, but real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders, and bullets in their pockets".
The Jackson Battalion included two companies of Black solders, who saw combat at Petersburg. Their C.O., Col, Shipp stated, "They acted with utmost promptness and goodwill".
As of Feb. 1865, 1150 Black seamen served in the Confederate Navy.
On April 4, 1865 in Amelia County, VA., a Southern supply train guarded (and manned) exclusively by Black Infantry fought off Federal Cavalry.
Other interesting facts include the fact that a Coloured man, Sam Ashe, killed the first Union officer in the war (Major T Winthrop) and private John W Buckner, another Coloured Confederate was wounded at Fort Wagner helping to repulse the 54th Mass.!!
So why do many people feel that Black Confederates didn't exist, or that the only Coloureds in the Southern Army were teamsters, labourers, musicians, etc.?
I can offer two explanations, the first is in comparing the thousands of Asians who fought for Britain in two world wars, do we today imagine the trenches, jungles and deserts involving huge numbers of Indian and Colonial troops? You may imagine a few Gurkhas here and there but in reality literally tens of thousands of Asians fought in the WW1 trenches, and the deserts and jungles of WW2.
My second explanation is that people do try to change history. Many Black Confederate soldiers pension forms and other documents have been altered and tampered with. In many cases the word soldier has been crossed out and servant inserted.
Several black members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (notable Nelson Winbush and Anthony Cohen) are doing their best to put forward a factual and positive heritage of Black Confederates, as are some Black professors like Dr. Leonard Hayes of The Southern University at Baton Rouge. In fact he said "when you eliminate the Black Confederate soldier, you've eliminated the history of the South."
J Collier, 24th Michigan, A.C.W.S.
- "Taken at the Flood," a study of the fall, 1862, Confederate
in MD. Dr. Harsh gives a copious, well-documented and deliberated
analysis. In so doing, he cites (pp. 169ff) the eye-witness reporting of a
Northern doctor, Dr. Lewis H. Steiner, who kept detailed notes on the
composition and behavior of the ANV in and around Frederick, MD, in SEP 62.
His notes are prob as accurate as Gen Lee's morning reports. And here's
what he had to say, per Harsh: "...[H]e was startled to discover the
presence of 'over 3,000 negroes' who were "manifestly an integral portion
of the Southern Confederacy Army.' The blacks were 'clad in all kinde of
uniforms' that were 'not shabbier than those worn by white men in the rebel
ranks.' Most were armed in some fashion, including 'rifles, muskets,
sabres, bowie-knives, dirks' or the like, and many were supplied with
knapsacks, haversacks, and canteens. 'They were seen riding on horses and
mules, driving wagons, riding on caissons, in ambulances, with the staff of
Generals, and promiscuously mixed up with all the rebel hordes.'" (P. 169)
In other words, comfortably accommodated among their "white folks."
Forgotten Soldiers of the Confederacy - K A O'Connell;
The Negroes Civil War - James McPherson;
Black Southerners in Gray (1994) - Richard Rollins;
Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees in The Civil War (1995) - E L Jordan;
Blacks in Gray - Geitner Simmons
Rudolph Young, in writing recently about "Black Confederates In Lincoln
County, North Carolina" says, "Students of African American history should
have been able to predict with a great degree of certainty that some, if not
most, black Southerners would support their country, as did most white
Southerners. During the Revolutionary War, black and white fought together,
on both sides. In 1861, most blacks found themselves as residents of a
country called The Confederate States of America. Most blacks served because
of loyalty to their country or loyalty to an individual." He goes on to say
that, "there was no stigma attached to having served in the Confederate army
among African-Americans in the years following the war, but as time passed,
- Southern reasons for
fighting the War.
- I shall start with some of
my selected facts concerning North Carolina.
- * On Feb. 28, 1861 N.C. Governor John
Ellis called for a convention that would vote on whether they would consider
secession. The call for even the consideration of secession was defeated by
651 votes. But while they voted against a convention they did make a hold to
the belief that the Federal government could not force one State to fight
- * On April 12 Fort Sumter was fired
upon. This occurred after 4 months of federal occupation of South Carolina's
land. They left the Union on De. 20, 1860. Remember there never was any
Congressional or Supreme Court decision on the illegality of secession. It
had always been accepted as common knowledge as a legitimate State right.
- * On April 15th Governor Ellis was
notified by the secretary of war that North Carolina would be expected to
furnish two regiments of troops to make war on the seceded States. The
Governor closed his refusal with these words; "I can be no party to
this wicked violation of the laws of the country, and to this war upon the
liberties of a free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina."
- North Carolina was drawn into the war as a
moral issue of violating the law and waging a war when there was no debate of
waging a war in Congress, no Declaration of War and no legal precedent upon
which there is authority to wage a war over a free people in order to maintain a
free government of the people. Show me some shred of legality here. In fact it
is oxymoronic. They fight a people who are exercising their rights as a free
people to choose their form of government by subjugating them to a form of
government that violates the law.
- North Carolina was given the choice of War.
They were to fight. But for who? On what grounds? North Carolina's moral
question was whether to remain in a Union of States where the Federal government
had proven that they were not to be limited by the Constitution of the United
States, and therefore by the fundamental laws of the Nation. North Carolina's
choice was to either join the criminal action of the Federal government, and
that is the correct term to use concerning those that break the law, by waging
an unlawful war of aggression and oppression or, to join her sister States in a
defensive war against overwhelming odds. A War that if protracted, surely could
not be won. North Carolina chose to fight unbridled and criminal Federal
aggression no matter what the cost.
- As a North-Carolinian, am I proud of the
symbols of the Confederacy? You bet I am.
- * North Carolina seceded from the Union
on May 20, 1861 but only after they were forced to war. Not a war to defend
slavery but a war to either participate in the violation of the Constitution
of the United States or not.
- Now lets look at the object
of the war from the Northern perspective. This one is easy to clarify. Congress
stated the object of the war in Resolution form in both Houses of Congress as
being the following;
- "… that this war is
not prosecuted upon our part in any spirit of oppression, nor for the purpose of
conquest or subjugation, nor for the purpose of overthrowing or interfering with
the rights or established institutions of those States, … and to preserve the
Union, with all the dignity, equality, and rights of the several states
unimpaired; that as soon as these objects are accomplished the war ought to
- The object of a war is extremely important.
It tells those that are going to be called to arms exactly what they are
fighting for. It also tells them what the objectives that they are to accomplish
in order for the war to be over.
- Let's review these objects carefully;
- 'This tells us that the War is not
prosecuted for the purpose of "conquest." This is easy enough, in
order to be a war of "conquest" then the Southern States would have to
be in reality a foreign nation. The Northern States fought the war upon the
principal that the Southern States Ordinances of Secession were nullities and
had no force or effect. The North stated that the South had created no new
nation so that they considered their actions to be a police action of putting
down a rebellion against lawful government. Remember this, Northern soldiers did
not take to the battlefield to "conquer" the Southern States.
- Congress tells those that it is calling
into battle that the war is not prosecuted for "for the purpose of
overthrowing or interfering with the rights or established institutions of those
States." This is clear! The Northern soldiers were called to fight and
possibly die for the specific and clear reason of NOT overthrowing or
interfering with the rights or established institutions of those States. This
clearly means 2 things;
- * 1. That the soldiers being called
into battle for the ultimate object of the war to NOT be to overthrow or
interfere with states rights and;
- * 2. That the soldiers being called
into battle for the ultimate object of the war to NOT be to overthrow or
interfere with the established institution of slavery.
- We see now that the Northern soldiers did
not fight to free slaves, in fact it was just the opposite. They were fighting
not to overthrow or to interfere with the institution of slavery. They were
fighting to maintain the institution.
- For some reason I have not figured this
high ground that the sympathizers of the North take by claiming that they had a
moral and just cause to fight the war based upon the so called "fact"
that they fought to free the slaves. The facts reflect that their belief is the
real "myth." The facts are that the Northern soldiers did not fight to
free slaves, but instead to preserve the institution.
- We go on;" … and to preserve the Union, with
all the dignity, equality, and rights of the several states unimpaired; that as
soon as these objects are accomplished the war ought to cease."
- The Northern soldiers fought to preserve
the Union with the end goal being a return to a Union with all the dignity,
equality, and rights of the several states unimpaired. Has this ever been
accomplished? Did the Northern soldiers die in vein? Absolutely! Their deaths
were dishonored by the Reconstruction Acts which fulfilled the object of evil
and immoral men in Congress who were willing to send hundreds of thousands of
people to their deaths fighting for a lie that they were told.
- The Reconstruction Acts were based upon the
principal of "conquest" and was the overthrow of the Constitution of
limited government. It is reflected by the flag that flies over Columbia in the
- John Ainsworth,
- Founder, T.I.G.E.R.
- Truth In Government,
- The facts as given by the United States
Government are that 4.9% of white Southerners were slaveholders.
- The following statistics are
from J.C.G. Kennedy, Supt. of Census, Agriculture in the United States in 1860
(Washington: G.P.O., 1864)
- State Slave- Slaveholders in
- holders white pop. (%)
- DE 5870
- VA 
- VA1 
- WV 
Another motivating factor behind the North's abolition of slavery is that
many Northerners did not want black people living amongst them. Many northern
states passed laws prohibiting blacks from entering their states.
Massachusetts once passed a law that stated that if a Negro, native
American or mulatto entered their state and stayed for more than two
months they would be publicly flogged.
One Northern state after another stigmatized the free Negroes by
excluding them from its borders. When Illinois drew up its
constitution in 1848 an emphatic clause prohibited the entry of such
folk, and the legislature five years later not only made it a
misdemeanor for any Negro to enter with the purpose of settling, but
provided that the offender might be
fined and his time sold for a sufficient period to pay the penalty. Iowa, in
1851, severely penalized any free Negro who set foot upon her soil.
Indiana placed a Negro-exclusion article in her constitution of 1851,
the people approved it by the tremendous vote of more than five to
one. Oregon adopted a constitution in 1857 stipulating that no free
colored people should enter, that those who came should be forcibly
removed, and that anybody who harbored or employed them should be
punished. It also forbade the Negroes already there to hold real
estate, make contracts, or prosecute suits. Proposals for a general
expulsion of free blacks were frequent in the border states and by no
means unknown farther north.
References: "Truths of History" by Mildred Lewis Rutherford Chapter 4. "War
for What" by Francis W. Springer Chapters 2-12. "Story of the Confederacy"
by Joseph T. Derry, Part 2 Chapter 3. "The South Was Right" by James R.
Kennedy and Walter D. Kennedy Chapter 2. "A Southern View of the Invasion of
the Southern States" by Samuel A. Ashe, Chapter 1-2. "Facts the Historians
Leave Out" by John S. Tilley, pages 7-23.
- For The Cause, The State of New Jersey Speaks!
by Mike Crane
"The objective of dismembering the highest representative assembly in
the nation, and humiliating a State of the Union, faithful at all times
to all its obligations, and the object of said amendment were one - to
place new and unheard of powers in the hands of a faction, that it might
absorb to itself all executive, judicial and legislative power,
necessary to secure to itself immunity for the unconstitutional acts it
had already committed, and those that it has since inflicted on a too
Joint Resolution, State of New Jersey Legislature
Some very interesting words, that when analyzed in the context in which
they were written, begins to shed some light on the Cause. Some light
that is not commonly taught today, but light that has its basis in
historical fact, none the less.
Lets look closely at a portion of this paragraph before going on to
other words representing the official position of this State that was
securely on the side of the US in its War of Aggression with the
Confederate States of America. " necessary to secure to itself
immunity for the unconstitutional acts it had already committed,".
Secure immunity for the unconstitutional acts it had already committed.
Speaks for itself, I believe.
Continuing on, " and those that it has since inflicted on a too
patient people." Now here is a northern State sounding the alarm, the
Constitution is being violated! The US government is violating the
Constitution and we have been patient too long! This isn't Jefferson
Davis or Alexander Stephens speaking, it is the Legislature of New
Jersey, assembled in Joint Session, going on record by vote according to
their legislative process. But this cry, this sounding of the alarm of
Constitutional abuse was too late. Yes, Ohio and Oregon also sounded the
alarm and cried out against this continuing Constitutional abuse. To no
avail, were these cries uttered, for the defenders of Constitutional
government in this land, were in the throes of Reconstruction and could
not come to their aid.
Those people who make a claim that this War was fought for a noble
cause, and those who make the claim that it ended for the best, do not
seem to have a very good understanding of what the real intentions of
the invaders were. But this statement by the State of New Jersey, and
similar ones by Ohio and Oregon do present some insight.
Continuing on, " - to place new and unheard of powers in the hands of
a faction, that it might absorb to itself all executive, judicial and
legislative power". New and unheard of powers. Remember that this is not
Jefferson or Calhoun speaking, it is the State of New Jersey. Where is
the noble cause? From the perspective of this State, there was no noble
cause; there was only the all too familiar ursurption of power, which
has been the plague of human government from time immortal. The
government being caught in the act here is non other than the US.
The irony of this Resolution is contained in " and humiliating a
State of the Union" for the State of New Jersey had just been ,
"faithful at all times to all its obligations" in the War to forever
alter the form of government established in 1789 and was now seeing
first hand, the wisdom of our Founding Fathers. The same wisdom, that
has been the hearth and soul of the Southern people from the Colonial
period through today. Here were the States of New Jersey, Ohio and
Oregon, fresh from their conquest of Constitutional government, gravely
feeling the loss, firsthand. But in their own words, it was too late,
for their government had gained "immunity for the unconstitutional acts
it had already committed."
And the conquered defenders of Constitutional government, the very
people who would have come to the aid of New Jersey, Ohio and Oregon
were also gravely feeling the loss. For if New Jersey found
Reconstruction distasteful, imagine the plight of the Men in Grey. Here
was open and wanton violation of the Constitution, but did the States of
New Jersey, Ohio and Oregon take a stand to preserve the Constitution?
Did the men in blue, obviously recognizing the destruction of American
Liberty right in front of their eyes make a stand?
The answer is of course, NO. Today we are still faced with the "immunity
for the unconstitutional acts" and the "New and unheard of powers" with
130 years of conditioning and indoctrination.
- From "The Southern Essays of
Richard M. Weaver"
observes that in the War Between the States, Southerners "believed that
they were fighting to defend the government as it was laid down at Philadelphia
in 1787 and as recognized by various state ordinances of ratification. This was
a government of restricted power, commissioned to do certain things which the
states could not do for themselves, but strictly defined as to its
authority." As long as each state was viewed as a sovereign entity,
"the maximum amount of self-determination by the states" preserved,
and states' rights rigorously upheld, any drift towards despotism was
automatically nipped in the bud. That, according to Weaver, was ultimately the
issue over which the South went to war since it held that the North "was
rebelling against this idea which had been accepted by the members of the
Constitutional Convention in 1787. Or to put it another way, the North was
staging a revolution, the purpose of which was to do away with this older
concept of the American government." The South rejected this revolution and
sought to defend what it insisted were its God-given rights.
- The Lincoln Administration imprisoned at least 14,000 (Northern) civilians
throughout the course of the war. ... The federal government simultaneously
monitored and censored both the mails and telegraphs. ... It also suppressed
newspapers. Over three hundred, including the Chicago Times, the New York
World, and the Philadelphia Evening Journal, had to cease publication for
- JOHN F. HARRIS, BLACK REPUBLICAN AND FORMER CONFEDERATE SOLDIER
John F. Harris was a Black Republican and one of 6 Black members of
the Mississippi State House of Representatives in 1890.
While Mr. Harris served in this capacity, he had the opportunity to vote
on a resolution to erect a monument to the Confederate Soldiers of
Mississippi. There was one representative who chose to talk against the
passage of this resolution, and it looked as though it would fail. Mr.
Harris came from his sick bed to give the following speech in support of
"Mr. Speaker! I have arisen here in my place to offer a few words on
the bill. I have come from a sick bed...Perhaps it was not prudent for me
to come. But, Sir, I could not rest quietly in my room
without...contributing... a few words of my own. I was sorry to hear the
speech of the young gentlemen from Marshall County.
I am sorry that any son of a Soldier should go on record as opposed to
the erection of a monument of honor of the brave dead. And, Sir, I am
convinced that had he seen what I saw at Seven Pines and in the Seven
Days' fighting around Richmond, the battlefield covered with mangled
forms of those who fought for their country
and for their country's honor, he would not have made that speech.
When news came that the South had been invaded, those men went forth
to fight for what they believed, and they made no requests for
monuments...But they died, and their virtues should be remembered. Sir, I
went with them. I too, wore the gray, the same color my master wore. We
stayed four long years, and if that war had of gone on till now I would
have been there yet....I want to honor those brave men who died for their
When my mother died I was a boy. Who, sir, then acted the part of a
mother to the orphan slave boy, but my 'old missus'? Were she living now,
or could speak to me from those high realms where are gathered the
Sainted dead, she would tell me to vote for this bill. And, Sir, I shall
vote for it. I want it known to all the world that my vote is given in
favor of the bill to erect a monument in honor of the Confederate Dead."
All that day in the Mississippi House of Representatives came to
their feet with a roar of applause. When the applause was over the bill
passed unanimously for the Confederate Monument.
"Constitutional Problems under Lincoln," James G. Randall, 1951, Urbana:
University of Illinois Press:
"Among the unconstitutional and dictatorial acts performed by Lincoln were
initiating and conducting a war by decree for months without the consent or
advice of Congress; declaring martial law; confiscating private property;
suspending habeas corpus; conscripting the railroads and censoring telegraph
lines; imprisoning as many as 30,000 Northern citizens without trial;
a member of Congress, Clement L. Vallandigham of Ohio, after Vallandigham
- a fierce opponent of the Morrill tariff -- protested imposition of an
at a Democratic Party meeting in Ohio; and shutting down hundreds of
- Richardson's "Defense of the South," p.20:
"Thomas Elkins, of Effingham County, Georgia, before 1860, offered to free
his slaves and send them back to Africa at his own expense and the slaves
begged to let them remain with him.
- Practically every single slave ship was owned and operated by Northerners.
The Puritans of Massachusetts not only captured and sold their Pequot
Indian neighbors into slavery in the West Indies, they
also carried on large trade in Negroes imported from Africa. Just to
give you an idea between 1755 and 1766, the importers landed on
Massachusetts shores no fewer than 23,000 African captives.
In 1787, Rhode Island held first place in the traffic. Later, New York
City forged to the front of the trade. Philadelphia soon found the slave boom
business attractive. The traders could buy a slave in Africa for a few
gallons of rum and sell him in this country at fantastic profit. So it
is no mystery how they made fabulous fortunes.
- Fortunately, some foreigners visited the South in those days to study
the situation. Buckingham, a distinguished Englishman wrote that the
slaves observed by him were as well off as were English servants in the
middle rank of life. He found them well feed, well dressed and well
In 1856, Frederick L. Olmstead, a Northern student published his
"Journey in the Seaboard Slave States." Noting that the situation might
be different else where, he wrote of slave conditions in sections
visited by him. He learned that the slaves were probably fed better
than any comparable class in other countries. The labor required by
house servants was light and that of field hands no more than a laborer
in the North. Slave marriages were frequently made occasions, attended
by their owners and a lot were performed in the masters house by his
- Colored Soldier/Slave impressment by Federal
troops, From the Official Records
" A major of colored troops is here with his party capturing negroes, with or
without their consent....They are being conscripted."......Major Gen John A
Logan, 15th Corps, AOT, Feb 26, from Huntsville, AL, reporting to U.S, Grant
" Officers in command of colored troops are in constant habit of pressing all
able-bodied slaves into the military service of the U.S."...Maj. Gen. Lovell
H. Rousseau, District of Nashville, on Jan 20th...reporting to Gen. G. H.
"….other Government places have suffered severely from having the able-bodied
hands forced at the point of the bayonet from the plantations for
conscription."…..G. W. Cozzens, Superintendent of Plantations, New Orleans, on
Sept. 26th 1863, to Benjamin F. Flanders, Treasury Dept, New Orleans.
"the oppression of these negro recruiting officers…..These cases of cruelty
are reported daily."…..BG Charles P. Stone, chief of staff to Gen N. P. Banks,
Dept. of the Gulf.
"The negro soldiers [at Elizabeth City] did nothing but what they were ordered
to do…..That we had to burn houses and carry away the families of the
guerrillas is most true…..It was done under orders."…
…Gen. B.F. Butler, 18th Army Corp, Fort Monroe, on Jan 10th, to Elizabeth T.
Upshur of Franktown, VA.
"Nine-tenths of the depredations on the 14th after the enemy and citizens fled
from the town were committed by the negroes before our troops reached the
city.' (This must be taken with a grain of salt….editor's note)….BG Ambrose
Burnside, Dept of NC, on March 20th, 1862, to Stanton.
"This has been a sad day in these islands…Some 500 men were hurried…from
Ladies and Saint Helena to Beaufort…and the carried to Hilton Head….The
negroes were sad…Sometimes whole plantations, learning what was going on, ran
off to the woods for refuge….This mode of [enlistment by] violent seizure and
transportation….spreading dismay and fright, is repugnant."…Edward L. Pierce,
special agent, Treasury Dept., Port Royal, on May 12th, 1862, to Sec. Chase.
"In accordance with….orders of MG Hunter…the several agents or overseers of
plantations will send to Beaufort tomorrow morning every able bodied negro
between the ages of 18 and forty five, capable of bearings arms."…..order
issued by BG Isaac I. Stevens, commanding post at Beaufort, Port Royal, on May
"They were taken from the fields without being allowed to go to their houses
even to get a jacket….On some plantations the wailing and screaming were loud
and the women threw themselves in despair on the ground. On some plantations
the people took to the woods and were hunted up by the soldiers….I doubt if
the recruiting service in this country has ever been attended with such scenes
before." …..Treasury agent Edward Pierce, at Pope's Plantation, Saint Helena
Island, on May 13th, to MG David Hunter.
" This conscription, together with the manner of its execution, has created
suspicion that the Government has not the interest in the negroes that it
professed, and many of them sighed yesterday for the 'old fetters' as being
better than the new liberty."…G.M. Wells, superintendent of Plantations, Mrs.
Jenkins' Plantation, Saint Helena Island, to Edward Pierce.
"The whole village, old men, women, and boys, in tears [were] following at our
heels. The wives and mothers of the conscripts, giving way to their feelings,
break into the loudest lamentations and rush upon the men, clinging to them
with the agony of separation….Some of them, setting up such a shrieking as
only this people could, throw themselves on the ground and abandon themselves
to the wildest expressions of grief….
The old foreman [at Indian Hill]…. said it reminded him of what his master
said we should do….I have heard several contrast the present state of things
with their former condition to our disadvantage.
This rude separation of husband and wife, children and parents, must needs
remind them of what we have always stigmatized as the worst feature of
slavery….Never, in my judgment, did major general fall into a sadder blunder
and rarely has humanity been outraged by an act of more unfeeling
barbarity."…..L.D. Phillips at Dr. Pope's Plantation, on May 13th, to Pierce.
"When the colored regiment was first organized by General Hunter no provision
was made for its payment, and the men were discharged after several months'
service, receiving nothing for it. In the meantime their families
suffered….This failure to pay them for their service has weakened their
confidence in our promises for the future and makes them slow to enlist."….BG
Rufus Saxton in Beaufort, Oct 29th, 1862.
A part of this brigade went to the plantation of….John F. Malone and quartered
in the negro huts for weeks, debauching the females and roaming with the males
over the surrounding country to plunder and pillage….Several soldiers came to
the house of Mrs Charlotte Hine and committed rape on the person of a colored
girl and then entered the house and plundered it..."…MG Don C. Buell, on Aug
6th, 1862, in testimony published from the court martial of Colonel John B.
Turchin, 19th Illinios, regarding his command's war crimes in the vicinity of
Athens, AL. Turchin was dismissed from the service. President Lincoln…in a
showing of his feelings toward this officer's war crimes conduct, promoted
Turchin and appointed him BG of U.S. Volunteers…which Turchin accepted on
Sept. 1, and remained in the service until Oct. 4, 1864. All Turchin's
subordinates were basically acquitted as acting under his orders. Later on in
WWII this defense would be used repeatedly by the Naiz's and rejected my the
"Not only is property taken….but property is wantonly destroyed, negro women
are debauched, and ladies insulted."….Gen. Buell, admonishing Colonel Douglas
A. Murray, 32rd Ohio Cavalry in Woodville, AL.
"A complaint has been made to me that the colored people who are to go to
Craney Island have been forced to remain all night on the wharf without
shelter and without food; that one has died, and that others are suffering
with disease, and that your men have turned them out of their houses, which
they have built themselves, and have robbed some of them of their money and
personal effects."….MG John A. Dix, Fort Monroe on Nov 26th, 1862, to BG
Michael Corcoran, commanding at Newport News.
"[The soldiers whipped on Dec. 9 were] the two drummer boys, named Harry
Williams and Munroe Miller…with…a mule whip, such as is used on carts; a whip
with a stock and a lash…..I have seen…[Col. Benedict]…spread a man [negro] out
on his back, drive stakes down, and spread out his hands and legs, take of his
shoes, and take molasses and spread it over his face, hands, and feet [to
bring the fire ants…editor's note]."…..testimony taken during the court
martial of Colonel Augustus W. Benedict, Corps d'Afrique, for cruelty to Negro
soldiers in his command at Fort Jackson. LA, that resulted in a mutiny there
on Dec 9, 1862.
"…where I found a mulatto girl, about 12 or 13 years old, lying dead in a
field….She had been killed by a pistol ball, which had entered the forehead
and passed entirely through the head. I learned from the negro man, who was
near, that the girl had been shot by a drunken soldier, who had at first shot
at one of the men"…..[testimony of Sgt. John Sims]…"I heard a rumor that
Captain Moore, his officers and men, had seized a quantity of Louisiana rum
and were on a drunken spree, committing various depredations, and that one of
his men had attempted to rape a mulatto girl and had shot and killed her for
resisting."….Gen Robert A Cameron to Gen Thomas W Sherman on Nov 30th, 1864,
"The negroes [on Roanoke Island]will not go [to be laborers at Fort Monroe]
voluntarily, so I am obliged to force them. I have sent seventy one and will
send this afternoon about 150.I expect to get a large lot tomorrow….The matter
of collecting the colored men for laborers has been one of some difficulty….I
am aware that this may be considered a harsh measure, but…..we must not stop
at trifles."…..Gen. Innis N. Plamer, New Bern, on Sept 1, 1864, reporting to
B.F. Butler, Fort Munroe.
"Complaint is made to me that you are forcing negroes into the military
service, and even torturing them….riding them on rails, and the like….to
extort their consent."…..President Lincoln, on Feb 7th, to Col. John Glenn,
120th colored infantry, Henderson Kentucky.
"I found the prejudice of color and race here in full force, and the general
feeling of the army of occupation was unfriendly to the blacks. It was
manifested in various forms of personal insult and abuse, in depredations on
their plantations, stealing and destroying their crops and domestic animals,
and robbing them of their money. [He is surprised to discover that this was
what Yankees were all about...editor's note].....The women were held as the
legitimate prey of lust.....Licentiousness was widespread.... the influences
of too many (officers and soldiers) was demoralizing to the negro, and has
greatly hindered the efforts for their improvement and elevation. There was a
general disposition among the soldiers and civilian spectators here to defraud
the negroes in their private traffic, to take the commodities which they
offered for sale by force, or to pay for them with worthless
..........BG Rufus Saxton, Military Governor, US Forces at Beaufort, on Dec
30, 1864, reporting to Sec of War Stanton.
"There is a class of people[in the South], men, women and children, who must
be killed or banished before you can hope for peace and order."…..Gen. W.T.
Sherman, Big Shanty, GA, June 21, 1864, to Secretary of War Stanton.
'Your letter of the 21rst of June has just reached me and meets my
approval."….Stanton reply on July 1.
"Until we can repopulate Georgia, it is useless to occupy it, but the utter
destruction of it's roads, houses, and PEOPLE (editor's emphasis) will cripple
their military resources….I can make the march, and make Georgia howl."…..Gen.
W.T. Sherman, at Allatoona on Oct. 9, 1864, to U.S. Grant.
The South has struggled to put this tragedy behind us, Sir. We try to abide by
the words of our General Lee:
And General Lee:
"The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a
wrong he may
have committed against him. He cannot only forgive, he can forget; and
he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character, which
imparts sufficient strength to let the past be but the past."
- Black Southerners fought alongside white, Hispanic, Native American, Jewish,
and thousands of foreign-born Southerners. They fought in mixed units and
they fought in all-Black units as documented in Tennessee by _Union_ sources.
Federal Official Records, Series I, Vol XVI Part I, pg. 805 records: "There
were also quite a number of negroes attached to the Texas and Georgia troops,
who were armed and equipped, and took part in the several engagements with my
forces during the day." The 85th Indiana Volunteer Infantry reported to the
Indianapolis Daily Evening Gazette that on 5 March 1863: "During the fight
the [artillery] battery in charge of the 85th Indiana [Volunteer Infantry] was
attacked by [*in italics*] two rebel negro regiments. [*end italics*]."
Union soldiers robbed, raped and murdered Free Black and slave Southerners
they had come to "emancipate." Union "recruiters" hunted, kidnapped and
tortured Black Southerners to compel them to serve in the Union Army. At the
Battle of the Crater white Union soldiers bayoneted retreating Black Union
soldiers and the 54th Massachusetts was fired upon by Maine troops while
assaulting Battery Wagner. The Federal Official Records and memoirs of the
USCT document of all these war crimes.
- The first military monument in the US Capitol that
honors an African-American soldier is the Confederate
monument at Arlington National cemetery. The monument
was designed 1914 by Moses Ezekiel, a Jewish
Confederate, who wanted to correctly portray the
"racial makeup" in the Confederate Army. A black
Confederate soldier is depicted marching in step with
white Confederate soldiers. Also shown is one "white
soldier giving his child to a black woman for
protection". - Source: Edward Smith, African American
professor at the American University, Washington DC.
- Not only were our ancestors required
to pay up "back taxes" after
- Appomattox but the U.S. tax code was
amended to deny the right
- to redeem properties from tax sales
if the taxpayer had been a
- Confederate soldier, sailor or
- The intent of the government in
denying this right if one had
- served the Confederacy is clear: the
intent was not so much to
- raise legitimate tax revenue owed the
federal government but to
- effectuate a massive transfer of
wealth from the hands of Southern
- Whites into the hands of Northern
- ABSOLUTE PROOF THE
NORTH DIDN'T INVADE OVER SLAVERY
- The Republican controlled Congress passed
the first 13th Amendment in the spring of 1861. This amendment is the only
one in the history of our nation to be signed by a President, Abe Lincoln.
This amendment prohibited any action by the federal government to
restrict or end slavery in the states, and specifically stated that slavery
was a right of the state. The Republicans passed this as a last ditch
measure to avoid war! Therefore, slavery was not the issue, but rather the
right of a state to secede from the Union!
- There was a bill before the US congress in 1862 which
would have abolished slavery. It was defeated, even though the Southern states were not in the Union.
- Lincoln's expansive interpretation of presidential powers made him the
most imperial president in American history, thereby setting a dangerous
precedent for predisposed successors. The incarceration of approximately
twenty thousand political prisoners, the closing of over three hundred
newspapers, the interruptions of state legislatures, the blockade of the
South, the unilateral suspension of habeas corpus, explicit and implicit
defiance of the Supreme Court, the sanctioning of the creation of West
Virginia, private property seizures, and electioneering/voting irregularities
have all been rationalized as necessary war measures."
- Slavery Established by a Black!
- In 1650, there were only 300 Negroes in Virginia, about 1% of an
estimated 30,000 population. They were not slaves any more than were the
approximately four thousand white indentured "servants" working out
loans for passage money to Virginia, and who were granted 50 acres of land
each when freed from their indenture.
Slavery was established in 1664 when Anthony Johnson of Northampton
convinced a court that he was entitled to the lifetime services of John
Casor, a Negro.
This is the first judicial record of involuntary servitude except as
punishment for a crime. But who was Anthony Johnson, winner of this
epoch-making decision? Anthony Johnson was a Negro himself, one of the 20
brought to Jamestown in 1619 and "sold" to the colonists. By 1623 he
earned his freedom and by 1651 he was prosperous enough to import five
"servants" of his own. Because of this he was granted 250 acres. (See
378,"Virginia, Guide to the Old Dominion," WPA Writers' Program,
University Press, NY, 1940) from Vanguard, newsletter of the North
- The NEW YORK HERALD 16th March 1861 published the Confederate
Constitution in full !!!
And on March 19th recommended its acceptance as the basis of peaceful
From the NEW YORK HERALD:
"The ultimatum of the seceded States is now before the Government at
Washington, in this new Constitution adopted by the Congress at
Montgomery, Alabama. Heretofore even our best-disposed Northern
conservatives have been perplexed how to move, and what to propose to
reconcile 'the cotton States' to the Union. Now, however, with their
ultimatum before us, there can be no longer any doubt upon the subject.
In their unrestricted discretion to shape a Federal constitution for
themselves, the seceded States have unquestionably provided these
securities, checks, and balances which they regard as essential for the
maintenance of their peculiar institutions. Thus our Northern politicians
and the administration in Washington are furnished the conditions upon
which the Union may be re-established, without war and without trouble.
The new Southern Constitution is the Constitution of the United States
with various modifications and some very important and most desirable
".......there are certain stringent provisions in said Constitution,
which it would be extremely difficult to persuade our Northern fishermen,
manufacturers, and lobby corruptionists to swallow, even to re-establish
the Union. The provisions include:
1. The absolute prohibition of all bounties from the Federal treasury,
and all duties or taxes on imported goods intended to promote or foster
any branch of home industry.
2. A positive prohibition of Federal appropriations for internal
improvements, and the substitution of local tonnage duties for such
3. The restriction of Congress by a majority vote to such appropriations
as may be recommended by the
President, or some Executive department. All other appropriations
requiring a two thirds vote.
4. The holding of contractors to the strict letter of their contracts.
5. That the Post Office department shall pay its own expenses."
"These are excellent constitutional amendments. If they had been in force
in Washington during the last ten years, they would have prevented the
wasteful squandering in swindling lobby jobs, contracts, etc., of three,
four, or five hundred million dollars of public money and public property
that have been squandered to the enriching of the lobby jobbers, and the
general demoralization of our Northern political parties and politicians
to the lowest level of moral debasement and corruption."
"Let President Lincoln then call Congress together, and let him lay
before it this new Constitution of the seceded States and the peace
propositions of their treaty commissioners, and perhaps there may be
wisdom enough in the two houses to provide the ways and means for peace
and the purification of the Government at Washington...."
- Information provided by the Grandson of
Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, CSA.
- "This information is unpublished history," Mr. Forrest explained.
"After the close of the reconstruction days in the South, a conference was
arranged between Forrest and General Grant. It was at that time the Ku Klux
Klan was at work in the South. What took place at the meeting of the two
men, what was said, or what was done, was never stated. Immediately
afterwards the Ku Klux Klan was disbanded and federal troops withdrawn from
the South, as history shows."
- At Fort Blakely, Alabama, on April 9, 1865, U.S. Colored troops started to
massacre unarmed Confederate prisoners. Read In Deadly Earnest by Phil
Gottschalk for this information.
- Glen Jones article:
- On the Morning of November 29, 1864 Union cavalry under the
- command of Colonel John Chivington attacked and massacred the unsuspecting and sleeping
encampment of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians at Sand Creek, Colorado Territory.
Over two hundred Indians died in the ensuing massacre, more than
two-thirds of the dead being women and children. After the slaughter
Chivington's men sexually mutilated and scalped many of the dead, later
exhibiting their trophies to cheering crowds in Denver.
Colonel John Chivington was an ordained Methodist minister who believed
the only good Indian was a dead Indian. His Commander-In-Chief Abraham
Lincoln refused to courts-martial the Colonel for his murderous actions
- The United States' Use of Human Shields
In the summer of 1864 the city of Charleston, South Carolina was under a
U.S. blockade. The guns of the Yankee-held forts and navy were shelling the
city. The Confederate army was returning fire from ashore. The U.S.
government then took 600 Confederate POW's and sent them to Charleston.
These POW's, often referred to as "The Immortal 600," were to be placed in a
stockade less than two acres square, directly beneath the guns of a United
States fort which was located on Johnson's Island. According to Captain
Walter MacRae of the Seventh North Carolina, who was one of the POW's, they
were situated so that every shot from the Confederate guns "must either pass
over our heads or right through the pen. Any which fell short or exploded a
tenth of a second too soon, must strike death and destruction through our
crowded ranks." The POW's were placed under the guard of the Fifty-Fourth
Massachusetts and their cruel commander, Col. E. N. Howell. Col. Howell gave
an order to the black troops of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts to shoot into
any gathering of POW's larger than ten men or at any POW who broke any other
rule of the prison. Any POW who walked too close to a roped off perimeter
that was inside the stockade was also ordered to be shot.
The POW's food ration consisted of provisions that had been condemned by the
U.S. federal government as unfit for U.S. troops. These "rations" consisted
of worm-and insect-infested hardtack, a one-inch square, one-half inch thick
piece of pork, and eight ounces of sour corn meal. They had to eat, sleep,
and care for their wounded in the same place where garbage and sewage were
dumped. Their only supply of water was from holes they dug in the sand. The
water holes quickly filled with a mixture of rain water, salt water, garbage
The attempt by the United States army to use Southern POW's as human shields
to protect their positions did not work though. Captain MacRae noted that
the Southern gunners did slow down and take more time to aim. With each
well-placed shot from the Confederate artillery, a great shout of joy would
go up from the POW's. When the
Confederate guns fired, someone in the stockade would shout and everyone
would hit the dirt and watch as the friendly fire would hit it's mark.
After a few months of this bombardment, the POW's were removed to another
prison where they were treated no better, but at least they were in no
danger of being killed by their own men. In contrast, United States Major
General C. V. Foster stated: "Our officers, prisoners of war in Charleston,
have been ascertained to be as follows [rations]: Fresh meat three quarters
of a pound or one half pound hard bread or one half pint of meal; beans, one
fifth pint." "Many of the people of Charleston exerted themselves in every
way to relieve the necessities of our men, and freely, as far as their means
would allow, made contributions of food and clothing."
He also stated that the kind treatment of the U.S. POW's by their Southern
captors had induced over half (sixty-five percent) of the men to go over to
the Southern cause and sign an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy. Only
one percent of the six hundred POW's held by General Foster went over to the
U.S. Gen. W.T. Sherman assured his wife in the summer of 1862 that if the
North could hold on, the war would soon take a turn toward the
extermination not only of the rebel armies but of civilians! He quickly put
his ideas in practice. Exasperated by the way in which Confederates fired on
supply steamboats from the banks of the Mississippi, he ordered an Ohio
colonel, September 24, 1862, to destroy every house in the town of Randolph,
scene of such an attack, and this without inquiry into the guilt of the
inhabitants. Three days later he ordered that for every instance of firing
onto a boat, ten families should be expelled from Memphis, and began placing
Confederate prisoners on boats exposed to attack!
- - Excerpted from Seventy Years In Dixie, by
F.D. Srygley, Faith and Facts
Press [Indianapolis, IN], first printing 1891.
"...To people who passed through those memorable days in Dixie, it seems
queer to hear Southern men and women spoken of as "traitors," "rebels,"
"enemies of American liberty" and "foes of the Constitution." I know not
what may have been the secret motives of wiley leaders, if there were any
such leaders, which I gravely doubt, but as for the people, nothing but
patriotism pure and simple moved them to vote secession and to enlist in the
The people at the South felt just as confident that the people at the North
contemplated a deliberate overthrow of the Republic as their fathers in the
Revolution felt that King George was a tyrant. In all the public orations
and private discussions the idea that slavery was the bone of contention
never once entered the minds of the common people . . . .
They understood that the Constitution of the United States was assailed, and
that they were offering themselves for its defense. The question, as they
understood it, was whether American liberty should be perpetuated or crushed
by Northern monarchy.
Fighting for slavery? Think of the absurdity of the thing! The Southern army
was largely made up of volunteers from the mountain regions. There were no
slaves of consequence in that mountain country, and those poor mountaineers
hated "stuck-up" slave holders as cordially as a saint hates sin. True, they
understood in a vague sort of way that there was some discussion on the
subject of slavery in a general way, but to them this was only an incidental
and irrelevant topic of public interest which was in no way connected with
the question of secession.
The people understood that the question at issue was simply their right to
manage their own affairs in their own States. If the North proposed to
interfere with that right, what assurance had they that it would not take
from them their homes and all their property? I know not what the leaders
thought, but there was no mistaking the feelings and opinions of the common
people. . . .
I understood that in seceding the South held on to the Constitution, and the
Declaration of Independence, and Bunker Hill monument, and the life of
George Washington. . . .
We traitors? We rebels against the American government and enemies of the
Constitution? Shades of Washington and Bunker Hill! Why, what were the
people up in the mountains fighting for if not for the Constitution? . . . .
What did they care about slavery? Hadn't it been as a thorn in the flesh to
them from time immemorial? Did not everybody know that the North had set
aside the Constitution, throttled our liberty and pulled the tail feathers
out of the American eagle? . . . ."
- "By this in portions of the country called rebellious, slaves were
- free, unless by the 1st of January, 1863, said communities ceased to
- Slave ownership was to be the reward of loyalty; slave abolition the
- of rebellion. This might be translated; "negroes shall continue to be
- to their masters if only their masters will be slaves to us. Let us have
- peace the jobs which are in sight and your slaves may reap in peace your
- harvests, taxed only by our TARIFFS. We will let you have your slaves if
- will let us have your freedom." After this offer had been made and
- who had a right to say that the South was fighting for slavery, or Lincoln
- for freedom?"--Col. Leigh Robinson, December 18, 1908 referring to
- EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION.
- "Thomas Prentice Kettell, a Northern man, estimates that in these
- the Old South contributed from, 1789 to 1861, $2,770,000,000 of her wealth
- to Northern profits. Our statesmen knew, surely, that their own section
- would never get one dollar in return from this enormous expenditure. But
- they were patriotic enough to be willing to make the nation rich and
- prosperous, even at the expense, for a season, of their own beloved South.
- My countrymen ! that Old South was a generous Old South. "
- --Lieutenant-General D. H. Hill, June 6th, 1887, at Baltimore, before the
- Society of the Army and Navy of the Confederate States in the State of
- The Morill tariff passed in the U.S. Congress on Feb 20, 1861,
- resulting in an increase of 47%. While South Carolina had
- already seceded on Dec 20, 1860, they undoubtedly forecast
- the coming Northern agenda. Two months later, April 12
- the Confederates opened fire on Fort Sumter, in an event
- recorded as "symbolic as the Boston Tea Party."
- "Northern manufacturers wanted high tariffs to secure high prices for
- products in Southern markets, and Southern farmers wanted low tariffs that
- they might buy cheaply. Ere long it appeared that two opposing
- lay alongside of each other in the United States; and while the roof of a
- common government was over both of them, it covered a household divided
- against itself in the very structure of its domestic life, in the nature
- its avocations, in the economies of its labor, and in the very tone of its
- thoughts and aspiration.
- Revolution was in the air. An irrepressible conflict had risen.
- Two Revolutions Rising on Parallel Lines--The Revolution of the North
- Against the Constitution.
- There were indeed two revolutions forming in the American republic. The
- was a Northern revolution against a Constitution which had become
- distasteful to its sentiments and unsuited to its needs. As the population
- of the East moved westward across the continent, the Southern emigrant to
- the new territories wished to carry with him his household servants, while
- the Northerner saw in the negro a rival in the field of labor which
- cheapened its fruits, and degraded, as he conceived, its social
- status."--Hon. John W. Daniel, oration before
- General Assembly of Virginia, Jan 25, 1890.
When the Republicans controlled the White House and the Southern Democrats
left the Congress, the Republicans, as former Whigs, did what they had been
itching to do for decades: go on a protectionist frenzy.
In his first inaugural address Lincoln stated that he had no intention to
disturb slavery in the southern states and even if he did, there would be no
constitutional basis for doing so. But he promised a military invasion if tariff
revenues were not collected. Unlike Andrew Jackson, he would not back down from
the South Carolinian tariff nullifiers.
By 1862 the average tariff rate had crept up to 47.06 percent, the highest level
ever to that point, even higher than the 1828 Tariff of Abominations. These high
rates lasted for decades after the war.
- "Great governmental aids followed each other thick and fast in the form
- bounties, tariffs, contracts and the like, in the disbursement of which the
- large percentage went away from the South. Grants to build railroads with
- public lands which Southern cessions and policy had secured to the National
- wealth exceeded the area of European empires, and of which the South
- received not one-fifth of its share. The Southern people make no unfair
- complaint at the energy with which these and other unnamed advantages were
- seized, but they do rebuke all unjust sneers which stigmatize them as an
- unprogressive race, and the whole South makes a powerful protest against
- this injustice by the evidence of its old thrift in maintaining a prosperous
- existence in the Union for nearly a century by the use of only one-tenth of
- its resources, and the still more significant display of its rapid rise in
- recent years from utter prostration through the masterful spirit of its own
- people." --Gen. Clement Evans, delivered before the Association of the
- of Northern Virginia, October 10th, 1895, at Richmond, Virginia.
- Robert Lewis Dabney writes on the origins of the war, based upon the memoirs
- of Colonel John B. Baldwin of Stuanton, VA.
- "But what was the decisive weight that turned the scale against peace,
- right, and patriotism? It was the interest of a sectional tariff! His
- [Lincoln's] single objection, both to the wise advice of Colonel Baldwin and
- Mr. Stuart, was: "Then what would become of my tariffs?" He was
- enough to see that the just and liberal free trade policy proposed by the
- Montgomery Government would speedily build up, by the help of the
- magnificent Southern staples, a beneficent foreign commerce through
- Confederate ports; that the Northern people, whose lawless and mercenary
- character he understood, could never be restrained from smuggling across the
- long open frontier of the Confederacy; that thus the whole country would
- become habituated to the benefits of free trade, so that when the schism was
- healed (as he knew it would be healed in a few years by the policy of
- Virginia), it would be too late to restore the iniquitous system of
- sectional plunder by Tariffs, which his section so much craved. Hence, when
- Virginia offered him a safe way to preserve the Union, he preferred to
- destroy the Union and preserve his tariffs. The war was conceived in
- duplicity, and brought forth in iniquity."
- Commodore Matthew Fontaine Maury wrote the following vindication in May of
- 1871. He discusses the injustice in trade that led the country to war ten
- years before.
- "In consequence of the Berlin and Milan Decrees, the Orders in Council,
- Embargo and the war which followed in 1812, the people of the whole country
- suffered greatly for the want of manufactured articles, many of which had
- become necessaries of life. Moreover, it was at that time against the laws
- of England for any artisan or piece of machinery used in her workshops to be
- sent to this country. Under these circumstances it was thought wise to
- encourage manufacturing in New England, until American labor could be
- educated for it, and the requisite skill acquired, and Southern statesmen
- took the lead in the passage of a tariff to encourage and protect our
- manufacturing industries. But in course of time these restrictive laws in
- England were repealed, and it then became easier to import than to educate
- labor and skill. Nevertheless the protection continued, and was so effectual
- that the manufacturers of New England began to compete in foreign markets
- with the manufacturers of Old England.
- Whereupon the South said, "Enough: the North has free trade with us; the
- Atlantic ocean rolls between this country and Europe; the expense of freight
- and transportation across it, with moderate duties for revenue alone, ought
- to be protection enough for these Northern industries. Therefore let us do
- way with tariffs for protection. They have not, by reason of geographical
- law, turned a wheel in the South; moreover, they have proved a grievous
- burden to our people."
- Northern statesmen did not see the case in that light; but fairness, right
- and the Constitution were on the side of the South. She pointed to the
- unfair distribution of the public lands, the unequal dispensation among the
- States of the Government favor and patronage, and to the fact that the New
- England manufacturers had gained a firm footing and were flourishing.
- Moreover, peace, progress and development had, since the end of the French
- wars, dictated free trade as the true policy of all nations. Our Senators
- proceeded to demonstrate by example the hardships of submitting any longer
- to tariffs for protection.
- The example was to this effect; -- The Northern farmer clips his hundred
- bales of wool, and the Southern planter picks his hundred bales of cotton.
- So far they are equal, for the Government affords to each equal protection
- in person and property. That's fair, and there is no complain. But the
- Government would not stop here. It went further -- protected this industry
- of one section and taxed that of the other; for though it suited the
- farmer's interest and convenience to send his wool to a New England mill to
- have it made into cloth, it also suited in a like degree the Southern
- planter to send his cotton to Old England to have it made into calico.
- And now came the injustice and the grievance. They both prefer the
- Charleston market, and they both, the illustration assumed, arrived by sea
- the same day and proceeded together, each with his invoice of one hundred
- bales, to the custom house. There the Northern man is told that he may land
- his one hundred bales duty free; but the Southern man is required to leave
- forty of his in the custom house for the privilege of landing the remaining
- sixty. It was in vain for the Southerner to protest or to urge, "You
- pay bounties to Northern fishermen under the plea that it is a nursery for
- seamen. Is not the fetching and carrying of Southern cotton across the sea
- in Southern ships as much a nursery for seaman as the catching of codfish in
- Yankee smacks? But instead of allowing us a bounty for this, you exact taxes
- and require protection for our Northern fellow citizens at the expense of
- Southern industry and enterprise."
- The complaints against the tariff were, at the end of ten or twelve years,
- followed by another compromise in the shape of a modified tariff, by which
- the South again gained nothing and the North everything. The effect was
- simply to lessen, not to abolish, the tribute money exacted for the benefit
- of Northern industries.
- Fifteen years before the war it was stated officially from the Treasury
- Department in Washington, that under the tariff then in force the self
- sustaining industry of the country was taxed in this indirect way in the sum
- of $80,000,000 annually, none of which went into the coffers of the
- Government, but all into the pocket of the protected manufacturer. The
- South, moreover, complained of the unequal distribution of the public
- expenditures; of unfairness in protecting, buoying, lighting and surveying
- the coasts, and laid her complaints on grounds like these: for every mile of
- seafront in the North there are four in the South, yet there were four well
- equipped dockyards in the North to one in the South; large sums of money had
- been expended for Northern, small for Southern defenses; navigation of the
- Southern coast was far more difficult and dangerous than that of the
- Northern, yet the latter was better lighted; and the Southern coast was not
- surveyed by the Government until it had first furnished Northern ship owners
- with good charts for navigating their waters and entering their harbors.
- Thus dealt by, there was cumulative dissatisfaction in the Southern mind
- towards the Federal Government, and Southern men began to ask each other,
- "Should we not be better off out of the Union than we are in it?"
- the public discontent rose to such a pitch in consequence of the tariff,
- that nullification was threatened, and the existence of the Union was again
- seriously imperilled, and dissolution might have ensued had not Virginia
- stepped in with her wise counsels. She poured oil upon the festering sores
- in the Southern mind, and did what she could in the interest of peace; but
- the wound could not be entirely healed; Northern archers had hit too deep.
- The Washington Government was fast drifting towards centralization, and the
- result of all this Federal partiality, of this unequal protection and
- encouragement, was that New England and the North flourished and prospered
- as no people have ever done in modern times."
- After being elected to
Congress Abraham Lincoln makes his first visit to Washington, DC. Benjamin P.
Thomas comments about what Lincoln saw and he remarked: "....as
Lincoln saw it Washington was a dirty, sprawling town of 40,000, often cold in
winter and humid and malarial in summer. Three-fourths of the population were
whites, while 8,000 free negroes and 2,000 slaves made up the balance.
Georgetown, close by, had an additional 8,500 inhabitants...."
"....privies, pigsties, and cowsheds cluttered the back yards; while
streets and alleys were littered with garbage. Chickens, geese an pigs roamed at
will, feasting on the refuse
. Water was supplied by
wells; while produce was brought in from Maryland and Virginia farms in carts
driven by slaves, and sold at the market, and the White
House...." "....a disgrace to the capitol in the
eyes of many Northerners was the domestic slave trade of which it was the center.
Lincoln was deeply impressed by seeing gangs of slaves shuffling through the
streets in chains and in his Peoria address, six years later, recalled the 'sort
of Negro livery-stable, plainly visible from the Capitol, where droves of
Negroes were collected, temporarily kept, and finally taken to Southern markets,
precisely like droves of horses....'"
- "...He (Mr. Hall) also added that Europe had ceased to believe that the
South was fighting merely for the preservation of slavery, an error which
had been persistently disseminated abroad at the beginning of the war. The
Morrill tariff alone was an evidence of the financial despotism which the
North, for her own aggrandizement, intended to inflict upon the
South..."--Confederate Commissioner A. DUDLEY MANN in Copenhagen, Denmark to
Hon J.P. BENJAMIN, Secretary of State. October 24, 1862
[Navy O.R.-- Series II--Volume 3
List of Papers pp. 553-599]
"To these remarks the Emperor also fully assented. Mr. L. (Wm S. Lindsay).
went on to say that the North was not making war, as many pretended, for the
abolition of slavery, but to subjugate the South in order to reestablish
their protective tariff and to restore their monopoly of Southern markets.
That for proof of this assertion it was only necessary to refer to Mr.
Lincoln's inaugural and messages, the proclamations of his generals, and to
the continued existence of slavery in the District of Columbia, which
Lincoln might have put an end to a year ago. That he knew many Northern men
and had a very extensive correspondence with them, and that all agreed that
not one Northern man in ten desired the abolition of slavery, for the simple
reason that they knew it would be destructive of their own
interests." --John Slidell in Paris, France in report to Secretary of State,
Judah Benjamin April 14, 1862
Navy O.R.-- Series II--Volume 3
List of Papers pp. 366-413
- A Black History Moment
The confusion in Africa after the abolition of the slave trade
by Britain and the U.S. was considerable. In 1820, the King of Ashanti asked a
British official, Dupuis, why the Christians did not want to buy slaves any
more. Was their God not the same as that of the Muslims, who continued to buy,
kidnap, and sell slaves just as they had always done? Since the Koran accepted
slavery, some Muslims even persuaded themselves that the new Christian behavior
was an attack on Islam.
There were , after all, more slaves in Africa in 1807 than in
the Americas, even though there were also many more gradations of enslavement in
the former. Probably slaves had constituted three-quarters of the West African
exports in the 18th century. "The slave trade has been at all times popular
and is now," commented an English businessman, John Hughes, after a visit
to Cacheu-Bissau, or Portuguese Guinea, in 1828, adding, "I believe that
every native African… would indulge in the slave trade if allowed to do
so."This has been a true Black History moment from a SCV member who has
been given the charge to tell the true history of the SouthThe Slave Trade,
by Hugh Thomas, chap.28, p.561, 1997)
Rev. Dr. Robert E. Eubanks
- Lincoln revered "all across the political spectrum"? Someone must be out to prove that historians are, indeed, "the camp followers of a victorious army." What Lincoln and his party achieved was to convert this land from a Jeffersonian republic of limited government to a monstrous and ever-growing welfare/police state, taxing and regulating everything in sight, dreaming up monopoly government licensing schemes for everything from the practice of law and medicine to peaceful travel of the highways, and most insidiously creating a vast tax-supported bureaucratic cadre to propagandize the nation's youth -- education being an arena in which no role for government had previously been contemplated -- teaching them precisely that their heroes should be none other than those most successful betrayers of the American Revolution, Lincoln the First and Roosevelt the Second!
Alexander Stephens, Vice President, Confederate States of
"As for my Savannah speech, about which so much has been said and in
regard to which I am represented as setting forth "slavery" as
"cornerstone" of the Confederacy, it is proper for me to state
speech was extemporaneous. The reporter's notes, which were very
imperfect, were hastily corrected by me; and were published without
futher revision and with several glaring errors. The substance of what
I said on slavery was, that on the points under the old Constitution
out of which so much discussion, agitation, and strife between the
States had arisen, no future contention could arise, as these had been
put to rest by clear language. I did not say, nor do I think the
reporter represented me as saying, that there was the slightest change
in the new Constitution from the old regarding the status of the
African race amongst us. .................. The status of the African
race in the new Constitution was left just where it was in the old; I
affirmed and meant to affirm nothing else in this Savannah
- Recollections of Alexander H. Stephens: His Diary kept when
prisoner at Fort Warren, New York: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1910., pp
172-174. Entry for 5 June 1866
- Confederate Postal Service
- After decades of sectional divisions between the North and the South, on
December 20, 1860, South Carolina became the first of thirteen Southern states
to secede from the Union. In February 1861 delegates from the seceding states
meet in Montgomery, Alabama and formed The Confederate States of America. The
Confederacy, no longer a part of the Union, solved the problem of moving the
mail by creating its own postal service. The CSA Post Office Department was
instituted on February 21, 1861. John Henninger Regan, a congressman from Texas
and a delegate to the secession convention, was appointed CSA Post Master
General. Three printing processes in stamp production were used in the 19th
century: lithography, typography, and engraving. Among stamp-issuing
governments, only the CSA employed all three. The first Confederate stamp was a
5 cent green imperforate, bearing the portrait of President Davis. It appeared
on October 16, 1861.President Davis was the first living president to appear on
a postage stamp. With the absence of radio, tv, and lavish illustrated
publications, the postal stamp was looked upon as the best means to introduce
the leader of the new Confederacy to his constituency. Post Master General
Reagan was a superb executive. Under his supervision the department actually
made a profit. In view of the condition of the war torn South this was an
incredible achievement. Even the Union officials were impressed. In 1865, after
the war ended, Mr. Reagan was asked to head the U.S. Postal service. He
declined. The Confederate Post Office Department and Post Master General Reagan
provided a great service for the people of the South and are to be commended for
their devotion to duty and country. By: Donald
- The prophetic significance of President Andrew Johnson's
- words when he vetoed the Civil Rights Bill in 1865. Born in
- a Raleigh log cabin, but cradled in a deep understanding
- & respect for our Constitution, Johnson said:
'In all our history,' ran the message, … that contemplated by the
details of this bill has ever before been proposed or adopted.
They establish for the security of the colored race safeguards
which go infinitely beyond any that the General Government has
ever provided for the white race. In fact, the distinction of race
and color is, by the bill, made to operate in favor of the colored
and against the white race. They interfere with the municipal
regulations of the States, with the relations existing exclusively
between a State and its citizens, or between inhabitants of the
same State — an absorption and assumption of power by the General
Government which, if acquiesced in, must sap and destroy our
federative system of limited powers, and break down the barriers
which preserve the rights of the States. It is another step, or
rather stride, to centralization and the concentration of all
legislative power in the National Government.’
President Johnson's veto was overturned by the Radical Republicans
which could be considered a tombstone for the appreciation of
states rights by the Executive Branch of our government. For you
home-schoolers, it was not until Johnson married that he learned
to read, receiving tutelage from his wife. Remarkable!
- Winston Smith wrote: Lincoln could not collect the taxes he
needed to conclude his aggression against the South so he passed his legal
tender acts and issued his infamous greenbacks to get labor and materiel without
- In doing these two things, he made every war in this century
possible as well as the ones coming in the 21st century. That is, he made it
possible for government to get everything while paying for nothing.
- The outcome of his war could have, that is WOULD have, been
vastly different had he not done those two unconstitutional acts.
- We now have a totalitarian government over both the North and
the South, limited only by their ability to convince the majority that they are
paid with strips of paper and by their ability to get the majority to ridicule
and punish the few who want God's laws and the Constitution upheld.
- Legal tender constitutes legal slavery and Horace Greely called
- THE TRAGIC ERA, by
- Pgs 198-205
- CARPETBAGGERS, SCALAWAGS AND RADICAL REPUBLICANS
- In the autumn of 1866, and
through the winter and summer of 1867 strange men from the North were flocking
into the black belt of the South, and mingling familiarly with the negroes, day
and night. These were the emissaries of the Union League Clubs of Philadelphia
and New York that have been unfairly denied their historic status in the
consolidation of the negro vote. Organized in the dark days of the war to revive
the failing spirit of the people, they had become bitterly partisan clubs with
the conclusion of the struggle; and, the Union saved, they had turned with zest
to the congenial task of working out the salvation of their party. This,
they thought, depended on the domination of the South through the negro vote.
Sagacious politicians, and men of material means, obsessed with ideas as extreme
as those of Stevens and Sumner, they dispatched agents to turn the negroes
against the Southern whites and organize them in secret clubs.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK, "BACK HOME" BY BILL
- COPYRIGHTED - 1947.
- Mauldin was famous for his cartoons of Willie and Joe in World War II.
- "Like everyone else who raises a storm about racial problems in
America, I took my share of cracks at the Negro situation in the South. But
I could never learn to admire the Northern liberal who stays securely in his
fortress above the Mason-Dixon line where it is generally safe to abusive
toward Southerners, and who seems to ignore a number of useful facts about
the ancient Yankee-Rebel feud.
- He forgets that it was the Northern businessman and the English who
brought the slaves to America under such abominable conditions that great
numbers of them died in early captivity and during the journey from Africa
to our fair shores. And he forgets that the South’s angry and bitter fear
of the Negros is due, in large part, to the post-Civil War period, when in
the first flush of freedom numbers of Negros were elected to high
legislative offices even in such states as Mississippi. The only experience
that qualified them for such responsibilities was a lifetime of working as
field hands and menials. The result must have been very much like the
conditions that always exist after revolutions; the underdog is at last
equal with his master, and his long-pent-up resentment and his intoxication
with sudden power sometimes lead him to grave excesses. Today the penalty
is still being paid by Negros for the troubles of the reconstruction period,
which were in great part stirred up by Northern opportunists who flocked to
the South after its defeat. This is childishly elementary American history,
but some liberals in the North seem painfully in need of some education on
- Gen. Nathan B. Forrest speaks on Reconstruction:
- 40th CONGRESS - HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
EXECUTIVE DOCUMENT NO.1
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR
Chapter X, Page 193
(Special correspondence of the Cincinnati Commercial)
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, Aug. 28, 1868.
Today I have enjoyed "big talks." First I met General N. B. Forrest,
General Gideon J. Pillow, and Governor Isham G. Harris.
My first visit was to General Forrest, whom I found at his office at 8
this morning hard at work, although complaining of an illness contracted at
New York convention. Now that the southern people have elevated him to
position of their great leader and oracle, it may not be amiss to preface
conversation with him with a brief sketch of the gentleman. I cannot
personally describe him than by borrowing the language of one of
biographers: "In person he is six feet one inch and a half in height, with
shoulders, a full chest and symmetrical, muscular limbs, erect in carriage,
weighs 185 pounds; dark gray eyes, dark hair, mustache, and beard worn upon
chin; a set of regular set teeth and clearly cut features," which
makes him rather a handsome man for one forty-seven years of age.
HAS NO OBJECTION TO BEING QUESTIONED
After being seated in his office, I said: "General Forrest, I came especially
learn your views in regard to the condition of your civil and political
in the State of Tennessee, and the South generally. I desire them
publication in the Cincinnati Commercial. I do not wish to misrepresent you
the slightest degree, and therefore only ask for such views as you are
that I should publish." "I have not now," he replied, "and never have had,
opinion on and public or political subject which I would object to
published. I mean what I say, honestly and earnestly and only object to
misrepresented, I dislike to be placed before the country in a false
especially as I have not sought the reputation which I have gained." I
"Sir, I will publish only what you say, and then you cannot possibly
misrepresented. Our people desire to know your feeling toward the
government, the State of Tennessee, the radical party, both in and out of
State, and upon the question of negro suffrage."
HIS STATUS DEFINED
"Well, sir," said he, "When I surrendered my 7,000 men in 1865, I
parole honestly, and have observed it faithfully, up to today. I have
peace in all the speeches I have made; I have advised my people to submit to
laws of the State, oppressive as they are, and unconstitutional as I
them to be. I was paroled, and not pardoned until the issuance of the
proclamation of general amnesty, and therefore did not think it prudent for
to take any active part until the oppression of my people became so great
they could not endure it, and then I would be with them. My friends
differently and sent me to New York, and I am glad that I went there."
THE SITUATION GETTING WORSE
"Then I suppose, general, that you think the oppression has become so great
your people should no longer bear it?" "No," he answered, "it is growing
hourly; yet I have said to the people, stand fast; let us try to right the
by legislation. A few weeks ago I was called to Nashville to counsel with
gentlemen who had been prominently identified with the cause of the
and we then offered pledges which we thought would be satisfactory to
Brownlow and his legislature, and we told them that if they would not call
the militia we would agree to preserve order and see that the laws
enforced. The legislative committee certainly led me to believe that
proposition position would be accepted, and no militia organized.
this, I came home, and advised all of my people to remain peaceful, and
no resistance to any reasonable law. It is true that I never have
the present government in Tennessee as having any legal existence, yet I
willing to submit to it for a time, with the hope that the wrongs might
FEELING TOWARDS UNCLE SAM
"What are your feelings towards the federal government, general?" "I loved
old government in 1861. I loved the old Constitution yet. I think it is
best government in the world, if administered as it was before the war. I
not hate it; I am opposing now only the radical revolutionists who are trying
destroy it. I believe that party to be composed, as I know it is in
of the worst men on Gods earth-men who would not hesitate at no crime, and
have only one object in view-to enrich themselves."
ON BROWNLOW AND THE K.K.K.
"In the event of Governor Brownlow calling out the militia, do you think
will be any resistance offered to their acts?" I asked. "That will depend
circumstances. If the militia are simply called out, and do not interfere
or molest anyone, I do not think there will be any fight. If, on the
they do what I believe they will do, commit outrages, or even one outrage,
the people, they and Mr. Brownlow?s government will be swept out of
existence; not a radical will be left alive. If the militia are called out,
cannot but look upon it as a declaration of war, because Mr. Brownlow
already issued his proclamation directing them to shoot down the
wherever they find them, and he calls all Southern men Ku-Klux."
"Why, general, we people up north have regarded the Ku-Klux as an
which existed only in the frightened imagination of a few politicians"
THE KU-KLUX KLAN
"Well, sir, there is such an organization, not only in Tennessee, but all
the South, and its numbers have not been exaggerated."
"What are its numbers, general?"
"In Tennessee there are over 40,000; in all the Southern states they
about 550,000 men."
"What is the character of the organization; May I inquire?"
"Yes, sir. It is a protective political military organization. I am willing
show any man the constitution of the society. The members are sworn
recognize the government of the United States. It does not say anything at
about the government of Tennessee. Its objects originally were
against Loyal Leagues and the Grand Army of the Republic; but after it
general it was found that political matters and interests could best be
within it, and it was then made a political organization, giving it support,
course, to the democratic party."
"But is the organization connected throughout the state?"
"Yes, it is. In each voting precinct there is a captain, who, in addition
his other duties, is required to make out a list of names of men in
precinct, giving all the radicals and all the democrats who are
known, and showing also the doubtful on both sides and of both colors.
list of names is forwarded to the grand commander of the State, who is
enabled to know are our friends and who are not."
"Can you, or are you at liberty to give me the name of the commanding officer
"No, it would be impolitic."
PROBABILITIES OF A CONFLICT IN TENNESSEE
"Then I suppose that there can be no doubt of a conflict if the
interfere with the people; is that your view?"
"Yes, sir; if they attempt to carry out Governor Brownlow's proclamation,
shooting down Ku-Klux - for he calls all Southern men Ku-Klux - if they go
hunting down and shooting these men, there will be war, and a bloodier one
we have ever witnessed. I have told these radicals here what they might
in such an event. I have no powder to burn killing negroes. I intend to
the radicals. I have told them this and more, there is not a radical leader
this town but is a marked man, and if a trouble should break out, none of
would be left alive. I have told them that they are trying to
disturbance and then slip out and leave the consequences to fall upon
negroes, but they can't do it. When the fight comes not one of them would
out of this town alive. We don't intend they shall ever get out of the
But I want it distinctly understood that I am opposed to any war, and will
fight in self-defence. If the militia attack us, we will resist to the
and, if necessary, I think I could raise 40,000 men in five days ready for
THINKS THE K.K.K. BENEFICIAL
"Do you think, general, that the Ku-Klux have been of any benefit to the
"No doubt of it. Since its organization, the leagues have quit killing
murdering our people. There were some foolish young men who put masks on
faces and rode over the country, frightening negroes, but orders have
issued to stop that, and it has ceased. You may say, further, that
members of the Ku-Klux have been court-martialed and shot for violations of
orders not to disturb or molest people."
"Are you a member of the Ku-Klux, general?"
"I am not, but am in sympathy and will co-operate with them. I know that
are charged with many crimes that they are not guilty of. A case in point
the killing of Bierfield at Franklin, a few days ago. I sent a man up
especially to investigate the case, and report to me, and I have his letter
now, in which he states that they had nothing to do with it as an
"What do you think is the effect of the amnesty granted to your people?"
"I believe that the amnesty restored all the rights to the people, full
complete. I do not think the federal government has the right to
any man, but I believe that the legislatures of the States have. The
I have to the disfranchisement in Tennessee is, that the legislature
enacted the law had no constitutional existence, and the law in itself
nullity. Still, I would respect it until changed by law; but there is a
beyond which men cannot be driven, and I am ready to die sooner than
my honor. This thing must have an end, and it is now about time for that end
"An explanation of or excuse for the formation of the Ku-Klux organization
by its defenders, was that it was the natural result of the existence of
"Loyal Leagues," secret organizations of Union men. It is reasonable to
this may be correct."
George H. Thomas
Major General U.S.A., Commanding
The foregoing from MESSAGE AND DOCUMENTS. WAR DEPARTMENT-PART I.
United States Government Printing Office
- ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’
What It Really Means
- By Michael Dan Jones
- One of the most enduring traditional American hymns and patriotic songs
is Julia Ward Howe’s "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." It is a
staple with many Christian church choirs and hardly a patriotic holiday
passes without this song being sung and played at ceremonies nationwide. But
is "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" truly appropriate for
religious hymnals and patriotic ceremonies? Who was the author? What
motivated and inspired her? What message was she trying to convey? What do
the words mean? What meaning do they have for us today?
- The author, Julia Ward Howe, was born in 1819 in New York City. She
married a prominent physician, Dr. Samuel Howe Gridley (1801-1876) in 1843
and they lived in Boston, Mass. where they raised five children. She was a
much celebrated author, a tireless supporter of the anti-slavery movement,
preached in Unitarian churches, and was a zealous worker for the advancement
of women, prison reform, world peace and other humanitarian movements. She
died 17 October 1910 at her summer home in Oak Glen, Rhode Island.
- News reporters of her day delighted in describing this unusual woman. She
was diminutive in stature, barely over five feet; invariably wearing a white
trimmed, black dress and lace cap and had the habit of peering over her
silver-rimmed glasses as she read her lecture in a crisp Boston-Yankee
- But her literary works had dark themes, such as murder, suicide and
betrayal, perhaps reflecting her own unhappy marriage with her domineering
and unfaithful husband. Her church, the Unitarian Church, although it
claimed to be Christian, denied the divinity of Jesus Christ, the Doctrine
of the Holy Trinity.
- And although she was devoted to the anti-slavery movement, like many
other Northern radicals of her time, such as Abraham Lincoln, her own words
reveal her to be a hypocrite on the subject of race. Julia Ward Howe
believed and wrote the "ideal negro" would be one "refined by
white culture, elevated by white blood." She also wrote, "the
negro among negroes, is coarse, grinning, flat-footed, thick-skulled
creature, ugly as Caliban, lazy as the laziest brutes, chiefly ambitious to
be of no use to any in the world. . . He must go to school to the white race
and his discipline must be long and laborious." Her own disgusting
words expose the kind of hypocrisy that was rampant in the abolitionist
- Mrs. Howe and her husband, Samuel Gridley Howe, were supporters of the
most radical and violent wing of the anti-slavery movement. These
"disunion abolitionists" wanted to tear apart the American
republic of sovereign, independent states, and reconstruct it along their
own radical political, cultural and religious ideals. History records only
how too well they succeeded with their treason.
- Her husband and her pastor, Unitarian Rev. Theodore Parker, were
conspirators in the treasonous group known as "The Secret Six."
These wealthy Northeasterners financially supported terrorist and murderer
John Brown in his insane Harpers Ferry raid, and advocated slave rebellion
that would destroy the original American republic.
- Brown’s Anti-Southern terror campaign started in Kansas in the
mid-1850s. There, on 23 May 1856, Brown and his murderous band descended on
a settlement of Southerners at Pottawatomie Creek. They carried with them
newly sharpened swords — an image that played a prominent part in Mrs.
Howe’s song. Her hero and his fellow terrorists literally hacked to death
five innocent men. Northern historians try to excuse this crime by saying
Brown was exacting revenge for atrocities committed by pro-slavery
"Border Ruffians." This is a lie!
- The first three of his victims, James P. Doyle and his sons, Drury and
William, were Catholics from Tennessee who moved to Kansas to get away from
slavery. They never had a thing to do with the institution. But because they
spoke with a Southern drawl, and possibly because they were Catholic, Brown
marched them to a clearing where their heads were split open with the
sharpened swords. Drury’s arms were chopped off. Mrs. Doyle was later
asked why her husband and sons had been so brutally murdered? She replied,
"just we were southern people, I reckon."
- The other victims of Brown’s murderous rampage were Southern settlers
Allen Wilkinson, executed while his wife and children stood by in horror,
and William Sherman, whose mutilated body was found floating in the creek
with his left hand hanging by a strand of skin and his skull split open with
"some of the brains" washed away.
- When she got word of the massacre, Julia Ward Howe’s own words reveal
her to have been perversely thrilled and inspired by this grisly crime. The
"terrible swift sword" in her song was terrible indeed, but hardly
reflecting Christian values. Mrs. Howe and Brown mutually admired one
another, as their own words demonstrate. Mrs. Howe wrote Brown was "a
Puritan of Puritans, forceful, concentrated, and self-contained." Brown
wrote of Mrs. Howe, in a letter to a friend, that she was "a defiant
little woman" and that her personality was "all flash and
fire." After the failure of Brown’s bloody raid on Harpers Ferry, her
husband, who was deeply involved in the treasonous conspiracy, like a coward
in the night, fled to Canada until he was assured he was safe from
prosecution in Massachusetts.
- Mrs. Howe, in a letter to her sister at the time, made it clear she was
in complete sympathy with the attempt to start a slave rebellion in the
South, and tear the nation apart. She wrote, "I have just been to
church and hear [James Freeman] Clarke [another Unitarian minister] preach
about John Brown, whom God bless, and will bless! I am much too dull to
write anything good about him, but shall say something at the end of my book
on Cuba, whereof I am at present correcting the proof-sheets. I went to see
his poor wife, who passed through here some days since. We shed tears
together and embraced at parting, poor soul. . . .[Brown’s] attempt I must
judge insane but the spirit heroic. I should be glad to be as sure of heaven
as that old man may be, following right in the spirit and footsteps of the
old martyrs, girding on his sword for the weak and oppressed. His death will
be holy and glorious—the new saint awaiting his martyrdom, and who, if he
shall suffer [execution], will make the gallows glorious like the
- What "martyrs" could Mrs. Howe have been speaking of in her
letter? Surely she could not mean the early Christian martyrs who were slain
in many perverse, cruel and cold-blooded ways by the ancient Romans, just as
her hero, John Brown, slew the Southern martyrs in Kansas. Her fascination
with his sword is also revealed in the letter. This grotesque and warped
view of Christian values is reflected in her violent and bloody war song.
- Here we have the author of the much revered "The Battle Hymn of the
Republic" condoning murder and treason by a ruthless and brutal killer.
Her dark fascination with Brown’s bloody sword and the killer’s
unbridled violence seemed to thrill the diminutive author. Clearly, the
seeds of inspiration for her "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" had
been planted in the poisonous soil of murder, rebellion and treason.
- But what was the final inspiration for the famous lyrics? In November
1861, after the start of the tragic war the Howe’s had for so long worked
to instigate, a party which included the Unitarian Rev. James F. Clarke and
Mrs. Howe, visited an outpost of the invading Union troops in Northern
Virginia. However an unexpected Confederate attack canceled the review. Mrs.
Howe and her party were waiting in a buggy while Northern troops came
marching by, returning from the skirmish. The camp visitors heard the
Yankees merrily singing an obscene version of "John Brown’s
- When the party returned to Washington D.C., the Rev. Clarke asked Mrs.
Howe if she could supply more dignified words for the popular tune. So,
inspired by the memory of her late, "martyred hero," John Brown,
and the skirmish that so rudely interrupted her review of her beloved
invading Northern vandals, she wrote the words for the famous Anti-Southern
abolitionist anthem, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," by
candlelight in the middle of the night at the Willard Hotel.
- James T. Fields, the editor of the Atlantic Monthly, accepted the song
and published it as a poem in the February 1862 issue. This bloody,
hate-filled, song has been marching on ever since. The "hymn,"
sung by so many church and school choirs, was inspired not by the Bible or a
stirring religious sermon, but by a dastardly killer, John Brown, and by the
march of Northern invaders trampling over Southern soil, Southern lives and
Southern rights in quest of subjugating or killing the Southern people.
- And what horrible crime was the South guilty of to warrant its
- The people of the South were guilty of only wanting independence for a
government of their own choosing, a pro-Christian, God-based government that
safeguarded states’ rights, individual liberty and put strict limits on
the national government. This was was the type of government the founders
established in 1776, and the South was trying to preserve it as handed to
- It was Abraham Lincoln, who is said to have cried the first time he heard
the abolitionist war song, and radicals like Mrs. Howe who were the real
revolutionaries. It was their forces who, by brute force of arms, destroyed
the original voluntary union of sovereign, independent states at the cost of
620,000 dead Americans, and changed the nation into an involuntary union of
defeated, militarily occupied, captive states.
- In 1863, Mrs. Howe recited "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" at
a gathering of fanatical abolitionists. One of those who saw and heard her,
commented, she had a "weird, penetrating voice." Considering the
bloody, ungodly history of her war song, what a chilling experience that
must have been.
- In summary, here is a "hymn" celebrating the
killing of Southerners on Southern soil, written by someone involved in the
most radical causes of her day, who supported the most extreme and violent
response to the South, who wrote the song after being inspired by the
murderous career of John Brown and her Northern vandal invaders of the
South. Whenever "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is played, five
innocent men hacked to death by the "terrible swift sword" of John
Brown should be remembered. It is also a dirge for the 620,000 Americans who
died in the War for Southern Independence and which war transformed America
into a despotic centralized state with practically unlimited powers
- What meaning does the song have for the South today?
- It is, in effect, a "stealth" heritage attack. It is
conditioning Southerners to accept the Yankee myth of history that their
ancestor’s were wrong, and their Northern "betters" were right
and they should be glad 260,000 Southrons were slaughtered in the War for
Southern Independence. The message of the song is, "Believe in Mrs.
Howe’s almighty centralized government to tell you what is right and what
is wrong." Don’t listen to the founders of 1776 or 1861, is the
message of this hymn. Yes, Mrs. Howe’s abolitionist hymn is still doing
her work, quietly and covertly, of destroying Southern heritage by
conditioning Southerners to accept her fanatically leftist cultural and
- How ironic that such a joyous traditional Southern song as
"Dixie" is now all but banned throughout the South, while a
vicious Anti-Southern war song such as "The Battle Hymn of the
Republic" is sung in churches and patriotic ceremonies all over the
- What meaning does it have for the Church?
- Did Jesus Christ teach that God is a vengeance seeking, sword-wielding
maniac that slaughters innocents and tramples people under His wrathful
feet, as Mrs. Howe’s violent and bloody lyrics would have you believe? No,
such lyrics don’t fit in with any Christian liturgy I’m familiar with.
They do fit in the theology of radical egalitarianism which says everyone
must be equal in all aspects of life, or the full force and power of the
federal government will destroy you. It also fits in the philosophy of
giving to the government god-like powers to declare a whole segments of
humanity as nonpersons, such as the unborn, who can then be legally
slaughtered by the millions at the whim of the mother and abortionist.
- If Americans truly care about individual liberty, limited, constitutional
government, and the sacred right of self-government of the people in their
states assembled, then all such false icons as "The Battle Hymn of the
Republic" must be exposed and rejected.
- For further reading, I suggest: "The Secret Six: The True Tale of
the Men Who Conspired with John Brown," by Edward J. Reunion Jr. (New
York, 1995); "The Secret Six: John Brown and the Abolitionist
Movement" by Otto Scott (Murphy, Calf., 1993); "The Singing
Sixties: The Spirit of the Civil War Days Drawn from the Music of the
Times" by Willard A and Porter W. Heaps (Norman, Okra., 1960);
"Notable American Women 1607-1950: A Biographical Dictionary" Vol.
11, Article on Julia War Howe, (Cambridge, Mass.); and "The
Encyclopedia of Religion" Vol. 15&16, Article on Unitarians, (New
York, 1995). Michael Dan Jones (c)
- "The Civil War was a War of Northern aggression against Southern rights, not a
war to preserve the American Nation and ultimately to abolish Slavery."
"The real issues between the North and South in antebellum politics were the
tariff government subsidy to transportation and manufacturing, public land sales and
related questions on which manufacturing and planting interests had clashing
"In any case Slavery was not a moral issue for anybody except a tiny handful
of abolitionists, its abolition was a mere incident of the destruction of the
Plantation order by the War."
"The real issue that brought on the War was NOT Slavery, this institution was
part of the Agrarian system, but only one element and not an essential one, but
rather such matters as the tariff, banks, subsidy to railroads and
questions in whose the grasping businessmen of the North sought to advance their interests
at the expense of Southern farmers and planters."
"Lincoln was not elected in 1860 in the name of freedom over Slavery, rather
his election represented the ascendancy of tariff's and railroads and factories
over agriculture and the graces of rural society. The result was the triumph of
acquisitive power hungry robber barons over the highest type of civilization America had ever
known----the Old South."
- Page 106 "The Progressive Theory"
"The Confederacy" by Macmillan
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Emory M. Thomas, University of Georgia
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- SLAVERY WAS A BLACK-ON-BLACK
- just as it is today
Africans destined to be slaves in the New World, a long march lasting
several months was not uncommon. This 19th century engraving by an
unknown artist shows captives
being driven by black slave traders.
- European slave traders in Africa did not seize land
from natives and colonize the coast, as they did in their New World
settlements. Instead, they established a special relationship with local
chieftains, who allowed them to maintain trading forts along the coast.
Local Africans, rather than the Europeans themselves, acquired and
supplied slaves to the white traders.
- The Confederate Link to Europe - The Commissioners
Remember Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin,
and the Confederate diplomats, the Commissioners? Well, if you
are bound for Europe this summer don't miss them. Secretary
of State Benjamin is buried in the Pere Lachaise Cemetery in
Paris, France, where many other famous persons are resting.
And Commissioner Slidell and Commissioner Mann (see
underneath) also rest in Paris. Commissioner Slidell in the
Cimetiere Communal de Villejuif in the Paris Region.
William Lowndes Yancey, Pierre A. Rost and Ambrose Dudley Mann were
the first Confederate commissioners appointed.
Yancey was born on August 10, 1814, in Georgia. His father died when
he was young and, later, his mother married a lawyer. Yancey studied law
and, in 1834, was admitted to the bar in Greenville, South Carolina, where
he also became editor of the Greenville Mountaineer. He then settled in
Alabama where he was elected to the state house and, in 1841, the state
Senate. Yancey believed with all his heart in the distinctive institutions
of the South. As a retired Congressman, he wrote his "Scarlet Letter" of
June 15, 1858, in which he urged preparation for "prompt resistance to
the next aggression ... throughout the cotton states." Yancey was the
chief manager of the Charleston Democratic convention of April, 1860,
and "one of its most brilliant and persuasive speakers."
Pierre Adolphe Rost was of French origin. He received his education at the
École Polytechnique, Paris, where men were recruited into the civil service
or military. As an artilleryman he was credited for brave conduct in the
defense of Paris on March 30, 1814. Rost applied for a commission
in Napoleon's army after the Emperor's escape from Elba but was too
late for Waterloo. Escaping from what he thought to be an oppressive
régime, he then emigrated to the United States. He became a teacher
in Natchez, Mississippi, and studied law under Joseph Emory Davis,
brother of Jefferson Davis. In 1822 he was elected to the state senate
before going on to become one of the judges of the supreme court of
Louisiana in 1846.
Ambrose Dudley Mann was a Virginian, born on April 26, 1801.
He studied law in Greeney's County where he became involved in politics.
He was appointed U.S. consul to Bremen, Germany, in 1842, and
U.S. minister to Switzerland in 1850. From 1854 to 1856 he was the
assistant secretary of state. Though Mann was the only member of the
commission who had diplomatic experience.
The Confederacy replaced two of their commissioners after a year.
The new men were John Slidell and James Murray Mason, the new
chief. Both were experienced in foreign relations but their personal
characteristics made them incompatible with the tasks to which they
were assigned. Slidell's family background was insurance and banking.
He studied law at Colombia College in 1810 and was admitted to the
New York bar. In New York he worked in the mercantile business in
New York until the embargo of the war of 1812. Following a duel he
was forced to move to New Orleans in 1819, where he ran a successful
commercial law practice with Judah P. Benjamin. As a democrat he
served in the Louisiana House from 1829 - 1833 and failed in three
attempts for the U.S. Senate. He served as a states' rights Democrat
in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1843 to 1845 and in the
Senate from 1853 until his resignation in 1861. He had some
experience in diplomatic affairs and had expertise in the workings
of foreign markets. He was appointed U.S. minister to Mexico in
1845 by President Polk but that republic would not entertain any American
representatives at that time. In 1853 he sold bonds for railroads in London
and was offered a mission to Central America before his nomination to the
James Mason was the son of George Mason, a famous Virginian patriot
and friend of George Washington. He graduated from the University of
Pennsylvania in 1818, and studied law at William and Mary College,
Virginia. After he was admitted to the bar in Virginia he was repeatedly
elected to the state legislature until 1831. From 1837 until 1839 he served
as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a U.S. Senator
from 1847 to 1861, he chaired the Foreign Relations Committee for ten
years and drafted the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. Mason also served
as the United States Minister to France. However the Confederacy had
many other operatives working in Europe.
Of note were those involved in the education of public opinion and the
buying of Naval vessels. Some of these men displayed amazing ability
in their field despite poor resources. One example was the journalist
Henry Hotze, who is described as one of the most able agents who
went abroad during the Civil War. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, he was
familiar with European attitudes and politics. Hotze's father had been
a captain in the French Royal Service. Henry had been educated in
a Jesuit college before moving to Alabama in 1855. There he joined
the editorial staff of the Mobile Register. He was secretary of the U.S.
diplomatic legation to Brussels in 1858 - 1859 before becoming
secretary for the Board of Harbor Commissioners in Mobile. In April,
1861 Hotze entered the Confederate Army. In August of that year he
was sent to Europe to purchase supplies. Then, in November he
became a Confederate commercial agent, instructed to educate
the British public about the Confederacy. On a small allowance he
quickly got to work, establishing a pro-Confederacy newspaper
called Index in May 1862. Another agent, James Dunwody Bulloch,
arrived in Britain the same time as the Yancey, Rost, and Mann
Commission. Bulloch, who was to become a controversially important
figure in the diplomatic war, proved a useful ally to the South. He was a
man of wide experience in naval affairs, merchant shipping, shipbuilding,
and naval armament. He was born in Savannah, Georgia in 1823.
At sixteen he was a midshipman in the United States Navy and spent
ten years there, slowly working his way up. He resigned in 1853 to go
into private shipping interests in New York. He gained such a reputation
for fair dealing in business that when war came, the Confederate
government trusted him with millions of dollars to buy ships and arm
them. The vessels which he put to sea were so effective that the
United States merchant marine lost millions of dollars worth of
cargo and contracts. The efforts he made provoked incidents
which brought England to the brink of recognition of the South and
war with the North.
Source among others: Nicholas Kiersey, "The Diplomats and
Diplomacy of the American Civil War". Limerick University, Ireland.
- Georgia, Mississippi and Russia
L.Q.C. Lamar was a famous politician and judge who strongly
favoured the Confederate cause. Not many may know that he
was Commissioner to Russia and a diplomat in the service
of the Confederate cause. Underneath is a summary of Lamar’s
career, one of the finest in the South.
Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, for whom Lamar County,
Georgia, was named, was born near Eatontown, Putnam County,
Georgia, on September 17, 1825. He was the fourth of eight
children of Lucius Lamar and Sarah Bird.
Graduating from Emory College in 1845 he studied law at
Macon later practicing law there and then moved his practice
to Covington. In 1847 Lamar married Virginia Longstreet,
daughter of Augustus B. Longstreet, the president of Emory
College. Two years later they moved to Oxford, Mississippi,
where his father-in-law had accepted the presidency of the
University of Mississippi. Lamar continued practicing law and
also taught mathematics at the university. Lucius and Virginia
returned to Covington in 1852. He won election to the Georgia
legislature the next year, but in 1855 they moved back to Mississippi.
Lamar began his national political career with an election to the
House of Representatives in 1856. With the election of Abraham
Lincoln, Lamar favoured secession from the United States. He
resigned from Congress and at a state convention in early January
1861, he wrote Mississippi's ordinance of secession.
At the beginning of the War Between the States Lamar enlisted in the
Confederate Army and served as a Lieutenant Colonel until he was
forced to resign because of his poor health. Lamar organized the
19th Mississippi Regiment of Volunteers and saw action against Union
General George McClellan during his 1862 Peninsula campaign in
Virginia. For the last two years of the War, Lamar served as a Judge
Advocate for the Army of Northern Virginia under General Robert E.
Lee. He was appointed Commissioner to Russia by President
Jefferson Davis, but he was never received by the Russian government
since the Confederacy was not diplomatically recognized.
After his return from Europe in 1864, he served as a political spokesman
for Davis, and as a judge advocate in the military court, and as acting
aide to General James Longstreet, who was his father-in-law's nephew.
Lamar returned to Mississippi after the war, where he resumed his law
practice and position on the university faculty, directing the law department
until 1870, the year Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.
He received a pardon for his services to the Confederacy, and in 1872
he was re-elected to the United States House of Representatives.
With re-election to Congress, Lamar became Mississippi's first
Democratic congressman since Radical Reconstruction. With
rhetorical brilliance Lamar championed calls for amnesty for former
Confederates, which quickly rang throughout the country and made
Lamar's political fortunes continued to rise, as the Mississippi legislature
sent him to the U.S. Senate in 1877. With the election in 1884 of Grover
Cleveland to the presidency, he became a cabinet member for three
years, serving as Secretary of the Interior. President Cleveland nominated
Lamar to the Supreme Court of the United States on December 6, 1887,
and the Senate confirmed the appointment on January 16, 1888. Lamar
served five years on the Supreme Court. As he had during his political
career, he continued to rule in favor of states rights, forcefully opposing
political power of the federal government. He died on January 23, 1893,
at the age of sixty-seven, in Georgia.