[this] "was a war for constitutional liberty, and the rights of self-government." Nov. 26, 1863.
"We are told by some horrified individuals, that this is 'giving up the cause'. What cause? We thought that independence was, just now, the great question." Nov. 24, 1864.
"It will be necessary to take negroes into the army, or abandon the struggle for independence." Oct. 26, 1864.
Jackson Mississippian (in excile) 1863.
"proceed at once to take steps for the emancipation or liberation of the negroes itself. Let them be declared free, placed in the ranks, and told to fight for their homes and country."
MoFed, if the South seceded and fought a war to protect the institution of slavery, why did they give it up so easily? Why did they continue to fight for so long, when great numbers of slaves had already left, its boarders erased, plantations abandoned, its great cities taken? After the institution was completely shattered they contintued to fight, was it really for slavery?