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Abraham Lincoln

Rondoman Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 11:13 AM
The first chink in my armor about my idol, Lincoln, was caused by my seeing a movie about 1956 or so, "The Red Badge of Courage," where union soldiers systematically killed freed southern soldiers, using them for target practice, poisoning them, mowing them down with Gatling guns, etc. The union prison in Chicago had assigned black soldiers to guard the prisoners, many of whom were naked. They would take occasional pot-shots with rifles, killing many in the prison yard. At night, the same guards would fire at random through the barracks walls as the prisoners slept. The southern prison near Sumter had little to feed or clothe the union prisoners.
scott s. Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 2:55 PM
So let me get this straight: a movie based on a work of fiction is your source for history?
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 12:32 PM
We already know what we were taught in grade school about Lincoln. It's that he also said and did things that seem to contradict the rose colored view.

Going to war with the sovereign states is enough to condemn him.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 1:16 PM
So the best thing would be to go to war to keep the states that wanted to leave, to stay?

Facts are one thing, but reality has a way of making them useless.
Fuzzy2 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 1:29 PM
Really? From what I can tell, the South would not have felt any need to go to war with the North, if the North would have just let them have their confederacy.

Saying Lincoln didn't want the war is a fraud. He wanted his way enough to allow war to be the outcome.

History is what happened, not what people were feeling at the time.
Rondoman Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 11:15 AM
The officer in charge of the prison begged people for blankets and food, but the south had little because of the devastation and poverty. He was hanged after the war for war crimes.
Jane346 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 11:55 AM
deestafford Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 4:52 PM
Elmira, NY was very close to being as bad as Andersonville.
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