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To: DeaconBenjamin
the General was naive enough ONCE to believe in the supposed truthfullness & honor of the hairy faces, but never again.

the lack of honesty of the damnyankee government is why he fought so long and so well for dixie LIBERTY & the freedom of our tribe.

a FREE dixie republic would have treated my people well, by leaving us alone!

btw,i am only his horse-holder.

free dixie,sw

90 posted on 11/10/2003 7:29:47 AM PST by stand watie (Resistence to tyrants is obedience to God. -Thomas Jefferson)
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To: stand watie
I figured that he accepted the choice of a possible "happy ending" -- not because he believed the promises, but because he was too fully aware of the destruction that would follow refusal to sign -- destruction that had already been demonstrated too graphically in the experiences of other tribes along the Atlantic seaboard.
Stay and fight was not a practical option, and the U.S. army would not be called out to shoot down the locals (at least, not for another 30 years).
91 posted on 11/10/2003 4:23:52 PM PST by DeaconBenjamin
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