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Emancipation: January 1, 1863

Milt37 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:41 PM
Doc W, I get so tired of seeing you Johnny "Come Lately" Rebs posting negative comments about how Lincoln "destroyed" the Constitution and states-rights by "starting" the war. First of all, it was the Confederacy that fired the first shot on Ft. Sumter. Second, if Lincoln hadn't fought to preserve the Union, we wouldn't have the United States we have today that was able to win WWII and the Cold War. We would have the Balkans of North America. Probably with more blood shed. If the South had been allowed to go their merry way, it would have been only a matter of time before you had the Southwestern states fighting against the South and the North, then the Northwestern states doing the same.
Doc W Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 6:27 PM
Milt, Lincoln had the option of simply letting the southern states go, thereby avoiding a disastrous and deadly war. Fort Sumter was fired on and cleared of union troops because it was a threat to the independence of the newly-seceded state, and Lincoln and sent a ship to re-supply it, thereby forcing the issue. Since you are into alternate histories, let me point out that in all probability there would have been no WWII and no Cold War without Woodrow Wilson's intervention in WWI. Anyhow, I don't have to be a proctologist to recognize an a-hole when I encounter one. Shall we drop the useless insults at one apiece?
Bulldog74 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 2:32 PM
And that's not idle the closing days of the war, N. Carolina actually threatened to secede from the Confederacy.
red-dot-in-a-blue-state Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 1:06 PM
I grew up in TX in the 80's. We were taught that if the South had prevailed in the war, that nothing could have prevented future secessions and more wars. It would have been pure hell - ending in a few banana republics. We studied Sherman's farewell speech at LSU extensively and considered it pure prophecy - bordering on clairvoyance. Nothing good would have come from a Southern victory. It's very unfortunate that the Devil chose good southern people to do his dirty-work.
Milt37 Wrote: Jan 01, 2013 12:45 PM
Probably resulting in many more than 600,000 deaths. And a country that could have been great, devolving into nothing more than a bunch of always fighting factions.

I don't know if you're a real doctor. If you are, you must be a proctologist, since you seem to have you head up your butt.

Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.

President Abraham Lincoln had been warned by Gen. George B. McClellan not to interfere with the institution of slavery. McClellan was a “War Democrat,” willing to fight to preserve the Union, but unwilling to do anything about the root cause of the rebellion that threatened the life of the nation.

Ironically, it was McClellan’s victory at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, that had given Lincoln the opportunity he needed to issue his Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. In that document, the President warned rebellious states in the South that they would...