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 Posted: Fri Sep 29th, 2006 05:15 pm
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James Longstreet wrote: The source of the quote seemed reliable, but I was still cautious.  I also found this:

So far from engaging in a war to perpetuate slavery, I am rejoiced that Slavery is abolished.  I believe it will be greatly for the interest of the South. So fully am I satisfied of this that I would have cheerfully lost all that I have lost by the war, and have suffered all that I have suffered to have this object attained.

General Robert E. Lee, May 1, 1870


This is an area of interesting historic analysis...

In parsing this, and similar, statements, a historian asks questions such as:

To whom was Lee speaking?

Why did he say this in 1870?

Did he repeat this view frequently or mention it only once?

What if he had said this in 1860 rather than 1870?

How did his opinion change from 1860 to 1870?




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