Tuesday, June 30, 2015


History books, the media, the school systems, etc abound in falsehoods and inaccuracies of Confederate and Southern history. This fact sheet will help to clarify and dispell some of these rampant inaccuracies.

MYTH - The War of 1861 - 1865 was fought over slavery.

FACT - Terribly untrue. The North fought the war over money. Plain and simple. When the South started Secession, Lincoln was asked, "Why not let the South go in peace?" To which he replied, "I can't let them go. Who would pay for the government?" Sensing total financial ruin for the North, Lincoln waged war on the South. The South fought the War to repel Northern aggression and invasion.
MYTH - Only Southerners owned slaves.

FACT - Entirely untrue. Many Northern civilians owned slaves. Prior to, during and even after the War Of Northern Aggression.

Surprisingly, to many history impaired individuals, most Union Generals and staff had slaves to serve them! William T. Sherman had many slaves that served him until well after the war was over and did not free them until late in 1865.

U.S. Grant also had several slaves, who were only freed after the 13th amendment in December of 1865. When asked why he didn't free his slaves earlier, Grant stated "Good help is so hard to come by these days."

Contrarily, Confederate General Robert E. Lee freed his slaves (which he never purchased - they were inherited) in 1862!!! Lee freed his slaves several years before the war was over, and considerably earlier than his Northern counterparts. And during the fierce early days of the war when the South was obliterating the Yankee armies!

Lastly, and most importantly, why did NORTHERN States outlaw slavery only AFTER the war was over? The so-called "Emancipation Proclamation" of Lincoln only gave freedom to slaves in the SOUTH! NOT in the North! This pecksniffery even went so far as to find the state of Delaware rejecting the 13th Amendment in December of 1865 and did not ratify it (13th Amendment / free the slaves) until 1901!
MYTH - The Confederate Battle Flag was flown on slave ships.

FACT - NONE of the flags of the Confederacy or Southern Nation ever flew over a slave ship. Nor did the South own or operate any slaves ships. The English, the Dutch and the Portugese brought slaves to this country, not the Southern Nation.

BUT, even more monumental, it is also very important to know and understand that Federal, Yankee, Union ships brought slaves to America! These ships were from the New England states, and their hypocrisy is atrocious.

These Federals were ones that ended up crying the loudest about slavery. But without their ships, many of the slaves would have never arrived here. They made countless fortunes on the delivery of slaves as well as the products madefrom raw materials such as cotton and tobacco in the South.

This is the problem with Yankee history History is overwhelmingly portrayed incorrectly by most of the Federal & Yankee books and media.

MYTH - The Confederate Battle Flag represented the Southern Nation.

FACT - Not true. While the Southern Battle flag was carried into battle, the Southern Nation had 3 different National flags during the course of the war.

The First National flag was changed due to a resemblance of the US flag.

The Second National flag was subsequently modified due to the similarity to a flag of truce.

The Third National flag was the adopted flag of the Confederacy.

The Confederate Battle Flag was never a National Flag of the Confederacy. It was carried into battle by several armies such as the Army Of Northen Virginia and the Army of Tennessee. Was also used as a Naval Jack by the Confederate Navy.

MYTH - The Confederate Battle Flag is known as the "Stars & Bars".

FACT - A common misconception. The First National Confederate Flag is correctly known as the "Stars & Bars". The Confederate Battle Flag is known as the "Southern Cross".

MYTH - The Confederate Battle Flag represents racism today.

FACT - The Confederate Battle Flag today finds itself in the center of much controversy and hoopla going on in several states. The cry to take this flag down is unjustified. It is very important to keep in mind that the Confederate Battle Flag was simply just that. A battle flag. It was never even a National flag, so how could it have flown over a slave nation or represented slavery or racism? This myth is continued by lack of education and ignorance. Those that villify the Confederate Battle Flag are very confused about history and have jumped upon a bandwagon with loose wheels.

MYTH - The United States Flag represented freedom.

FACT - No chance. The US flag flew over a slave nation for over 85 years! The North tolerated slavery and acknowledged it as a Division Of Labor. The North made a vast fortune on slavery and it's commodities. It wasn't until the South decided to leave the Union that the North objected. The North knew it could not survive without the Southern money. That is the true definition of hypocrisy.

MYTH - Abraham Lincoln was the Great Emancipator.

FACT - While Lincoln has went down in history as the Great Emancipator, many would not care to hear his real thoughts on people of color. Martyred President Abraham Lincoln was fervently making plans to send all freed slaves to the jungles of Central America once the war was over. Knowing that African society would never allow the slaves to return back to Africa, Lincoln also did not want the slaves in the US. He thought the jungles of Central America would be the best solution and conducive to the freed slaves best interest. The only thing that kept this from happening, was his assassination.

MYTH - The South revered slavery.

FACT - A very interesting fact on slavery is that at the time the War of 1861 -1865 officially commenced, the Southern States were actually in the process of freeing all slaves in the South. Russia had freed it's servants in 1859, and the South took great note of this. Had military intervention not been forced upon the South, a very different America would have been realized then as well as now.

MYTH - The Confederate Army was comprised of rich slave owners.

FACT - Very far from true. The vast majority of soldiers in the Confederate Army were simple men of meager income. Most of which were hard working farmers and common men. Then, as now, very few rich men ever fight a war.

MYTH - Only the North had men of color in their ranks.

FACT - Quite simply a major falsehood of history. Many blacks, both free and of their own will, joined the Confederate Army to fight for their beloved Southern home. Additionally, men of other ethnic extraction fought as well. Oriental, Mexican & Spanish men as well as Native American Indians fought with pride for the South.

Today, many men of color are members in the heritage group SCV - Sons Of Confederate Veterans. These men of color and pride rejoice in their heritage. The continued attacks on the Southern Nation, The Confederacy, and her symbols are a terrible outrage to these fine people. These attacks should be denounced with as much fervor as those who denounce the South.

MYTH - The Confederate Flags are an authorized symbol of Aryan, KKK and hate groups.

FACT - Quite the contrary. These dispicable organizations such as the KKK and Aryans have taken a hallowed piece of history, and have plagued good Southern folks and the memories of fine Confederate Soldiers that fought under the flag with their perverse agenda. IN NO WAY does the Confederate Flag represent hate or violence. Heritage groups such as the SCV battle daily the damage done to a proud nation by these hate groups. The SCV denounces all hate groups, and pridefully boast HERITAGE - NOT HATE.

MYTH - The SCV - Sons Of Confederate Veterans are a racist, hate group.

FACT - This is a blatant attack on one of the finest heritage groups ever. The SCV - Sons Of Confederate Veterans are a historical, patriotic and non-political organization comprised of descendents of Confederate Soldiers and sailors dedicated to insuring that a true history of the 1861 -1865 period is preserved and presented to the public. The SCV continues to educate the public of the memory and reputation of the Confederate soldier as well as the motives for his suffering and sacrifice.

The SCV - Sons Of Confederate Veterans are in NO WAY affiliated with, nor does it recognize or condone the terrible legacy of hate groups such as the KKK.

HT Jinx Clower with Patrick A. Loghry Ssg


Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Lincoln made it about slavery later because that was the only way he could get more men to sign up for the war.

Joe said...

GEC: When you look at documents published by congress and read reports from the newspapers of the day, you get a very different picture of what the Civil War was about from what you read in school history books. I wonder how the books could possibly be so different from what the people involved were saying and writing in that day?

Dave Miller said...

Regarding the reasons for the CIvil War, I think I'll take the opinion of a recognized scholar over a Gateman at the Professional Bull Riders Assoc and a guy who states he writes for a Facebook page.

Just sayin...


Joe said...

DM: All recognized scholars know more than us un-scholarly types, right? That's what ALL liberals believe.

Dave Miller said...

Not necessarily Joe, but when they provide links to original sources that support their points, and refute the points of others who, without providing evidence are just providing opinion, they certainly have more credibility.

Dave Miller said...

I understand the inability for many to provide links to defend positions. Especially when they do not exist. It reminds me of the time I challenged Lisa on the facts of a story and she said Google took down all the links she read.


Too often people are not willing, or able to provide links and evidence because it simply does not exist.

In this case, the professor submits a well linked article, with easily verifiable facts quoting official state documents to back up his claim. Did the writers of your piece do that?

Joe said...

DM: Sometimes the messenger is right when others are intent on spinning things their way. For example, MYTH - Only Southerners owned slaves. Did any northerners own slaves? (The answer is: Yes, they did). So the messenger, regardless of who he is, was correct.

MYTH - The Confederate Battle Flag was flown on slave ships.So, did the Confederate flag fly on slave ships? It did not. So the messenger, regardless of who he is, was correct.

Let's try another one.

MYTH - Only the North had men of color in their ranks. Did the south have any men of color in their ranks? Yes, they did. Once again the messenger, regardless of his "scholarship" is correct.

If I make a statement and a scholar makes the same statement, am I wrong because I am not a scholar? If I make a statement that turns out to be true when a scholar makes an opposite statement, is the scholar right, even if he turns out to be wrong? Pick your scholars carefully! You give scholarship much too much credit.

Providing links means nothing since you, and everybody else, only provide links that support your agenda.

Dave Miller said...

Joe, you asked "If I make a statement and a scholar makes the same statement, am I wrong because I am not a scholar?"

This answer of course is no, not at all. In this case, you are wrong because you are wrong. As countless scholars have said for over a century, and the written word from the Confederate states as well attest, the Civil War was fought primarily over the issue of slavery and its impact on a United States.

For people in the south to push another narrative is no different than someone claiming no Jews were incinerated in Germany during WWII and then using your defense, as stated above, as their justification.

You'll notice I picked no bones with any of your post, just this one point.

At the end of your post you said... "Providing links means nothing since you, and everybody else, only provide links that support your agenda."

I'd be interested in any scholarly links you can provide, or books you can recommend that support your view that the Civil War was not primarily about slavery.

Ducky's here said...

Well, you certainly got a number of partial truths from 'ol Jinx, Joe.

Sure there were black Confederate soldiers. Primarily slaves in support roles.
Some saw combat. Probably fewer than joined the 54th Massachusetts but there were some.

Am I to assume that 'ol Jinx would have us believe that southern slaves were just dying to lay
down their lives for massah?

Come on, do better.

Joe said...

DM: I had a wildcat. I lost him. You could call him the missing lynx.

Ducky: No. I don't want to. Don't make me stomp my feet and pout.

Ducky's here said...

Joe, those of us in New England are well aware that some Newport fortunes were made in the slave trade.
The role of slavery in financing Brown University is well known.

I also know that a large number of abolitionists spoke in Boston and throughout the East.

It's a complicated history but your attempt to hide the fact that the Confederate battle flag did not
fly routinely in the south until the start of the civil rights movement is close to dishonest.

It's a symbol of oppression and hatred and it's coming down.
Find another way to honor your dead without insulting many citizens of the south

Joe said...

Ducky: "...your attempt to hide the fact that the Confederate battle flag did not
fly routinely in the south..."

I think you meant "...hide the fact that the Confederate battle flag flew..."

Actually, I did no such thing. Not even close. As usual, you focus on the messenger at the expense of the message.

Dave Miller said...

Well Joe, you certainly have lived up to your blog banner.

All opinion, which means very few facts, and none with evidence.

Joe said...

DM: Nice to know I measure up.