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    Gen. Potter arrived on the Finklea Family plantation in March of 1865 with about 10 thousand federal soldiers, cavalry and artillery.  My ancestors were there except for those who were fighting with the Confederate Army and it was very clear that this was a Federal Government undertaking, a point on which everyone had agreed since before the beginning of the war.  The exact object of the war varied from person to person and time to time, but by 1865 it was clear the slaves would be freed.  The Slaves in particular seemed to understand the connection between the Federal Government and their liberation since they were slaves until Potter's raid arrived and left with his troops.  

    Some came back. My family would continue to farm with the families of the people they owned after they were free for almost another 100 years until everyone concluded farming wasn't paying any longer.

    As for Obamacare, I was part of that army in SC and I can assure you that we did take it on the ground, one sign up at a time and their heads did seem to explode, except for all the Republicans who came in to sign up who if their heads do explode can no go get treated for it.  Their heads seemed pretty happy about it when they were leaving.  Since the process was confidential, their secret is safe with us.  This was black people and white people working together.

    My family knows this history.  Jim DeMint should at least pay attention.

    William Hamilton practices Law and is a writer and community activist in the Charleston, SC area. He can reached through

    by wjhamilton29464 on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 02:04:38 PM PDT

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