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 Posted: Sat Jun 9th, 2007 07:59 pm
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Doubtful, Joanie:

The soldier wasn't so much fighting to free slaves as he was to destroy slavery. Whatever his motivation for enlisting in the first place (and much of that really was to preserve the Union), he soon came to realize that the war was about slavery and, to end the war, slavery had to be destroyed. They had the nagging feeling that if the war ended with slavery intact, there would be another war, and another, until the peculiar institution was gone.

Johan mentioned that the farther south the Federals got, the madder they got. By the end of the war there were a few more who favored equality (in theory, at least), but it remains that the goal was to win the war by destroying slavery, not to free the slave. There is a difference. Really.


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