“Then sir we will give the bayonet”
I wouldn’t put a lot of stock in Al Mackey’s statement about selected quotes and poor history, his blog at http://studycivilwar.wordpress.com/ is filled with selected quotes and poor history. I know I have challenged Mr. Mackey on many of his so-called facts to the point he has banned me from posting. Anyone with a knowledge of history can easily see that Mr. Mackey is biased in his posts and only uses the facts or facts that he makes up, to support his agenda. Shall we take a look at his response here?
Treason. While the patriots of 1776 may have committed treason, which I doubt, the Confederate did not. If they committed treason who did they commit treason against? Not the United States. They had formed their own country and were defending themselves against an invader. No Confederates were charged with treason—ever. The Confederates DID draw away from the United States by submitting documents known as The Ordinances of Secession. This was their Declaration of Independence. There was no treason; Mackey just uses the Constitution as a smoke and mirror tactic to confuse the issue. To prove my point of no treason Abe Lincoln said— “Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.”
On secession and slavery. Slavery was an issue to some states. So were Indian raids. I remind you that Mackey said the above article was filled with selected quotes. What about Mackey’s quote taken from the Mississippi Declaration of Immediate cause? Isn’t that a selected quote top support his agenda? Mackey could have very easily used this quote from the same document— “It seeks not to elevate or to support the slave, but to destroy his present condition without providing a better.”
To read these documents and to see All of the Causes one can go to http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/reasons.html
In fact slavery was legal under the US. Constitution—“Section 9
1: The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.”
In other words a slave could be imported into the United States for a neat little sum of 10 bucks. The Confederate Constitution outlawed the importation of slaves.
The election of 1860 saw the election of Abe Lincoln as president. Mackey tries to tie slavery in with this election. If Lincoln is to be believed he made this statement in his inaugural speech —“I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.” http://www.ushistory.org/documents/lincoln1.htm
To add more to this point, if the secession issue was all about slavery, and then the seceded states would have taken the Crittenden Compromise which guaranteed slavery’s existence. http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/critten.html
Mackey says the United States didn’t rebel against Britain because of slavery, but the Confederates left the Union because of slavery. For this reason Mackey says the Confederate flags should not be displayed it is a racist symbol. Well Mackey please name one slave ship that flew a Confederate flag. Now speaking of racism, it is a fact more un-armed Negroes died because of Gen. Banks expedition into Louisiana than the number of armed Negroes killed in battle during the whole war. I have example of example of Yankee atrocity documented against both Negros and white during the war. Go to http://confederatepows.southernheritageadvancementpreservationeducation.com/page.php?6
And read of these atrocities for yourself.
On a closing note I have challenged Mackey to prove treason or prove that secession was illegal. He has failed to do so at this time. He even failed to participate in a discussion regarding secession at http://cwcrossroads.wordpress.com/chat-room/ I know he gets notifications of post made to this forum.
George Purvis Southern Heritage Advancement Preservation and Education