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  •  For the average Confederate private... (none)
    ...slavery wasn't an issue.  Armed men on their home soil was.

    "I'm fighting 'cause you're down here," as the legendary (and possibly apochyphal quote) goes.

    Slavery was more important to the politcal leaders, because it was the great symbol of the "Southern way of life."

    Of course that's all a gross oversimplification, but you get the basic idea.

    "It's time to come home, America"--Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), September 13, 2005

    by Raybin on Sat Sep 17, 2005 at 10:30:28 PM PDT

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