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Old 22 June 2015, 02:28 AM
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United States The truth about Confederate history

History books, the media, the school systems, etc abound in falsehoods and
inaccuracies of Confederate and Southern history. This fact sheet will
help to clarify and dispel some of these rampant inaccuracies.

MYTH – The War of 1861 – 1865 was fought over slavery.

FACT – Terribly untrue. The North fought the war over money. Plain and
simple. When the South started Secession, Lincoln was asked, “Why not let
the South go in peace?” To which he replied, “I can’t let them go. Who
would pay for the government?” Sensing total financial ruin for the North,
Lincoln waged war on the South. The South fought the War to repel Northern
aggression and invasion.

MYTH – Only Southerners owned slaves.

FACT – Entirely untrue. Many Northern civilians owned slaves. Prior to,
during and even after the War Of Northern Aggression.

Surprisingly, to many history impaired individuals, most Union Generals
and staff had slaves to serve them! William T. Sherman had many slaves
that served him until well after the war was over and did not free them
until late in 1865.

U.S. Grant also had several slaves, who were only freed after the 13th
amendment in December of 1865. When asked why he didn’t free his slaves
earlier, Grant stated “Good help is so hard to come by these days.”

Contrarily, Confederate General Robert E. Lee freed his slaves (which he
never purchased – they were inherited) in 1862!!! Lee freed his slaves
several years before the war was over, and considerably earlier than his
Northern counterparts. And during the fierce early days of the war when
the South was obliterating the Yankee armies!

MYTH – The Confederate Battle Flag was flown on slave ships.

FACT – NONE of the flags of the Confederacy or Southern Nation ever
flew over a slave ship. Nor did the South own or operate any slaves ships.
The English, the Dutch and the Portuguese brought slaves to this country,
not the Southern Nation.

BUT, even more monumental, it is also very important to know and
understand that Federal, Yankee, Union ships brought slaves to America!
These ships were from the New England states, and their hypocrisy is
atrocious.

These Federals were ones that ended up crying the loudest about slavery.
But without their ships, many of the slaves would have never arrived here.
They made countless fortunes on the delivery of slaves as well as the
products made from raw materials such as cotton and tobacco in the South.

This is the problem with Yankee history History is overwhelmingly
portrayed incorrectly by most of the Federal & Yankee books and media.

MYTH – The Confederate Battle Flag represented the Southern Nation.

FACT – Not true. While the Southern Battle flag was carried into
battle, the Southern Nation had 3 different National flags during the
course of the war.

The First National flag was changed due to a resemblance of the US flag.

The Second National flag was subsequently modified due to the similarity
to a flag of truce.

The Third National flag was the adopted flag of the Confederacy.

The Confederate Battle Flag was never a National Flag of the Confederacy.
It was carried into battle by several armies such as the Army Of Northen
Virginia and the Army of Tennessee. Was also used as a Naval Jack by the
Confederate Navy.

MYTH – The Confederate Battle Flag is known as the “Stars & Bars”.

FACT – A common misconception. The First National Confederate Flag is
correctly known as the “Stars & Bars”. The Confederate Battle Flag is
known as the “Southern Cross”.

MYTH – The Confederate Battle Flag represents racism today.

FACT – The Confederate Battle Flag today finds itself in the center of
much controversy and hoopla going on in several states. The cry to take
this flag down is unjustified. It is very important to keep in mind that
the Confederate Battle Flag was simply just that. A battle flag. It was
never even a National flag, so how could it have flown over a slave nation
or represented slavery or racism? This myth is continued by lack of
education and ignorance. Those that vilify the Confederate Battle Flag are
very confused about history and have jumped upon a bandwagon with loose
wheels.

MYTH – The United States Flag represented freedom.

FACT – No chance. The US flag flew over a slave nation for over 85
years! The North tolerated slavery and acknowledged it as a Division Of
Labor. The North made a vast fortune on slavery and it’s commodities. It
wasn’t until the South decided to leave the Union that the North objected.
The North knew it could not survive without the Southern money. That is
the true definition of hypocrisy.

MYTH – Abraham Lincoln was the Great Emancipator.

FACT – While Lincoln has went down in history as the Great Emancipator,
many would not care to hear his real thoughts on people of color. Martyred
President Abraham Lincoln was fervently making plans to send all freed
slaves to the jungles of Central America once the war was over. Knowing
that African society would never allow the slaves to return back to
Africa, Lincoln also did not want the slaves in the US. He thought the
jungles of Central America would be the best solution and conducive to the
freed slaves best interest. The only thing that kept this from happening,
was his assassination.

MYTH – The South revered slavery.

FACT – A very interesting fact on slavery is that at the time the War
of 1861 -1865 officially commenced, the Southern States were actually in
the process of freeing all slaves in the South. Russia had freed it’s
servants in 1859, and the South took great note of this. Had military
intervention not been forced upon the South, a very different America
would have been realized then as well as now.

MYTH – The Confederate Army was comprised of rich slave owners.

FACT – Very far from true. The vast majority of soldiers in the
Confederate Army were simple men of meager income. Most of which were hard
working farmers and common men. Then, as now, very few rich men ever fight
a war.

MYTH – Only the North had men of color in their ranks.

FACT – Quite simply a major falsehood of history. Many blacks, both
free and of their own will, joined the Confederate Army to fight for their
beloved Southern home. Additionally, men of other ethnic extraction fought
as well. Oriental, Mexican & Spanish men as well as Native American
Indians fought with pride for the South.

Today, many men of color are members in the heritage group SCV – Sons Of
Confederate Veterans. These men of color and pride rejoice in their
heritage. The continued attacks on the Southern Nation, The Confederacy,
and her symbols are a terrible outrage to these fine people. These attacks
should be denounced with as much fervor as those who denounce the South.

MYTH – The Confederate Flags are an authorized symbol of Aryan, KKK and
hate groups.

FACT – Quite the contrary. These despicable organizations such as the
KKK and Aryans have taken a hallowed piece of history, and have plagued
good Southern folks and the memories of fine Confederate Soldiers that
fought under the flag with their perverse agenda. IN NO WAY does the
Confederate Flag represent hate or violence. Heritage groups such as the
SCV battle daily the damage done to a proud nation by these hate groups.
The SCV denounces all hate groups, and pridefully boast HERITAGE – NOT
HATE.

MYTH – The SCV – Sons Of Confederate Veterans are a racist, hate group.

FACT – This is a blatant attack on one of the finest heritage groups
ever. The SCV – Sons Of Confederate Veterans are a historical, patriotic
and non-political organization comprised of descendants of Confederate
Soldiers and sailors dedicated to insuring that a true history of the
1861 -1865 period is preserved and presented to the public. The SCV
continues to educate the public of the memory and reputation of the
Confederate soldier as well as the motives for his suffering and
sacrifice.
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