You are drawing in an unreasonable inference from this point: because the Confederate government failed to enact a plan of emancipation and arm slaves, the war itself must have been to preserve slavery. This is not logical. The Continental Congress failed to do anything along these lines, either. Oates emphatically states that had the Confederate armies been told they were fighting strictly to preserve the property rights of slaveholders, they would have disbanded within a matter of weeks.
Col. Oates has some interesting things to say about why non-slaveholders fought so long and earnestly against Mr. Lincoln's army, but I doubt anyone cares. The experiences and opinions of this former Confederate line officer doesn't fit into anyone's preconceived opinions about American history.