Re Barry Speths letter asserting that slavery was the cause of the War For Southern Independence (Debate over cause of war continues: Slavery was reason Civil War started, Jan. 19):
Speth and I could argue about this until Jesus comes back and neither of us would change our minds. I believe Speth is totally brainwashed by the government schools or either in total denial.
The truth is the truth, and sometimes it is easier to ignore than to accept. I am glad Speth mentioned Abraham Lincoln and Saddam Hussein together, as they are both tyrants.
Lincoln illegally imprisoned more than 40,000 Northern citizens because he felt they had Southern sympathies. Lincoln promoted his generals who gave free reign to their men to rape, pillage, burn and murder the innocent civilians of the South. Lincoln started an unjust, unconstitutional war that killed 620,000 combatants outright, and God only knows how many others were maimed physically and mentally.
The blood and suffering rest on Lincoln. Had the South won the war he would surely have been hung for the criminal he is!
Since Speth still believes the Yankee myth that the war was fought over slavery, I want him to ask himself a question: During the war families split, some members of the same household fighting for opposing sides. Could Speth kill his father, brother or son over the issue of slavery?
Neither could I, and nor could our ancestors. No, Mr. Speth, the war was not over slavery.
The Columbia County News-Times ©2013. All Rights Reserved.