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    and there is no doubt that the reason for secessian was to maintain slavery. That was also the reason for a substantial part of the Constitution. What does that have to do with the honoring of brave men by their former enemies? At the time Lincoln also said (paraphrasing, I'm at work and don't have the actual quote at hand) "If I could save the union by freeing all the slaves I would do it. And if I could save the union by freeing none of the slaves I would do that. And if I can save the union by freeing some of the slaves, I will do that." Some of the northern soldiers fought to free the slaves but most of them thought they were saving the Union. Some of the Confederates fought to preserve slavery but most thought they were defending their homes. In the end, all of them fought as well as they could. In the diary Braxton Bragg was disparaged as the worst commander. A large part of that reputation was because, after succesfully invading Kentucky, he withdrew his Army. He said "I could not leave my men, some of whom have no shoes, in that Northern state for the winter." His men loved him for that.

    "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

    by johnmorris on Tue May 05, 2009 at 06:24:07 AM PDT

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