Independence, not slavery, cause of War

Letter to the Editor

Confederate Generals Lee and Jackson are considered the epitome of Southern Christian Gentlemen and Military geniuses whose battle strategies are studied worldwide. The War for Southern Independence (Civil War) of 1861-65 had many parallels to the Revolutionary War of 1775-1783. After a long series of abuses by the industrial North, the Southern states constitutionally, legally and honorably seceded from the Union to form a new nation, the Confederate States of America. What followed was an epic struggle in which the Confederacy, outnumbered three to one and with most manufacturing located in the North, fought heroically for the cause of independence.

The North offered the South the Corwin Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on March 2, 1861 that would have made slavery permanently legal in America, and if that was all the South wanted, it could have achieved it without war. But the goal was independence. The South would have been required to rejoin the Union and agree to pay the upcoming 40 percent Morrill Tariff Tax. Eight-five percent of the money to operate the federal government was derived from Southern states through an unfair sectional tariff tax. When asked why not let the South go, Lincoln replied, “What will happen to my tariff?” All wars are fought over money, resources, land and power. To receive my article “The 10 Causes of Southern Secession,” contact me at jkingantiquearms@bellsouth.net.



EDITOR’S NOTE: James W. King is commander of Camp 141 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.


Sister_Ruby 2 years, 3 months ago

A voice crying in the Wilderness.............Mr. King you know your History but you don't know what they teach in College these days!

God Bless You, Son!


waltspecht 2 years, 3 months ago

So to draw a logical conclusion from your written word, hopefully not borrowed, one is to assume all those common men died to protect the pocketbooks of the Southern Wealthy?


Jacob 2 years, 3 months ago

Walt, that is why every war is fought....


oldster 2 years, 3 months ago

Slavery nearly prevented the colonies from forming a union at all. Slavery caused many problems between the slave states and the free states for years before the Civil War, including the Missouri compromise etc. While slavery wasn't the only grievance that caused the Civil War it was still THE major item that caused the Civil War. It was a BIG mistake to ever have slavery at all.


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