WOW did I just read that many Southerner states still believe in slavery today? What a stupid notion.
The part that intrigues me most about the Civil War, or the War Between That States, as it actually was not a Civil War by true definition. is the fact that so many people do not know what the war was about.
It was not over slavery as so many believe. If that where the case the North would have had to attack itself since they brought the majority of the slaves from the ships to the auction blocks in New York.
History is often written by those who "win" the battles and wars. This is no different. In fact here in Tennessee we have a very unique Civil War Fort, Fort Negley. It was build by the Union forces who forced into service 2700 blacks to build it.
These people where both free and slaves when they were forced to build Fort Negley. Fort Negley is the largest inland masonry fort ever build on US soil. It took 5 months to build it and it was build entirely by slave labor, under Union rule. No my friends the Civil War was not about slavery at all.
But that is not the funny part, fortunaltly now Fort Negley is being somewhat restored. but it is being said on tv that the fort was built by black Union soldiers who fought and died proudly for their cause.
Yes it is true that black men and women fought and died for both the North and the South. But at no time is free black men build, no fight and die at Fort Neglely.
The South was not fighting over the right to keep slaves. In fact very few people had slaves. Slavery was already on its way out just like it had done in the North. Yes Yankees owned slaves first?
The Southern States where fighting over the US Constitution, something that has been brought up extensively over the past year. The North broke the laws written to protect freedoms of the states when it invaded the South but the invasion was not over slavery it was over ports, rivers that could be navigated year round, and few railroads and taxes.
A book named The South Was Right, is a great book for Civil War buffs like myself.