“The Cause they fought for was individual liberty, state’s rights, the original Constitution and the right to secede.”
Too bad they didnt reject and free the slaves so most of the world wouldn’t have to roll their eyes at that statement.
Some like Lee did just that, and for that very reason. Ironically Grant owned slaves until the war ended.
Slavery is not the issue.
The point the author is making is that there were people that felt the yoke of a totalitarian government previously in our short history and that it would well serve the present day 'leaders' in Washington to heed the historical significance of the rebellion that Lincoln's government caused and that the SCV could play a positive role.
March 21, 1861 -- CSA Vice President Alexander H. Stephens, Cornerstone speech -- "...last, not least. The new constitution has put at rest, forever, all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institution -- African slavery as it exists amongst us -- the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the 'rock upon which the old Union would split.' He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact."
“Too bad they didnt reject and free the slaves so most of the world wouldnt have to roll their eyes at that statement.”
General James Longstreet, Lee’s right-hand man, reportedly said the Confederacy should have freed the slaves then fired on Fort Sumter.