Originally Posted by RJman
I agree that the confederate soldiers who died should be remembered, along with their Union brothers, not for their "exercise of Constitutional rights" but for the tragedy of their deaths due to a civil war -- a war between people of the same nation.
Exactly. Robert E. Lee, before the war really began, stated the South would lose, and knew it would be bloody as hell, but that the bloodshed was necessary to rid us of slavery (the national sin). He was a complex guy.
"They do not know what they say. If it came to a conflict of arms, the war will last at least four years. Northern politicians will not appreciate the determination and pluck of the South, and Southern politicians do not appreciate the numbers, resources, and patient perseverance of the North. Both sides forget that we are all Americans
. I foresee that our country
will pass through a terrible ordeal, a necessary expiation, perhaps, for our national sins"