Changing Cause

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Aug 25, 2012
Did most Union soldiers support returning former slave who fought in the USCT to slavery? Perhaps they did not have any problem with this concept, but if not, I am not sure how the US government could have returned all excape slaves to include members of the USCT.

So was there a point in the Civil War where the return to the slavery situation as it existed in 1860, was no longer possible?

I do not believe most Union soldiers, or citizens, wanted another war in 1880 or even 1900. At least some Americans wanted the issue of slavery decided by the war.

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Feb 28, 2019
I don't think the fourteenth amendment could have passed in 1865 if Lincoln did not change the Northern Cause from a patriot battle to a moralistic struggle between good and evil. Lincoln was always against slavery privately, but had little power in 1861 to act or express his desire to end it in the southern states. However, with victory inevitable in January 1865, he had the power and political influence to act upon his true desire and end slavery.

John S. Carter

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Mar 15, 2017
Lincoln was an advocate of the colonization of freed blacks outside of the USA. Unfortunately, one of the persons that was actually hired to establish a colony in the Caribbean mismanaged the funds that were allocated and the venture failed.
As Lincoln change from a moderate politician who more concern with the survival of the Union and the end of the spread of slavery .
he altered many of his previous held beliefs.The one that he held firm to till near the end of the war was colonization for the black man.He knew that this country would not tolerate the free slave which had already been dramatized by the racial violence in the North during the war/draft riots in the North.But with the enlistment of blacks into combat diviisions.As to the funds ,Fate intervenes into the affairs of man to accomplish the objectives as they are meant to occur,The free slave would not have participated and the whole movement would have never achieved its purpose,a country of Causcatian people In the end even Lincoln reasoned that it was unresonalbe and esp.after so many blacks had died for the purpose that Lincoln had spoken for,the right to be free .
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Mar 30, 2018
Tucson, Arizona
Not everyone's causal views changed... Phillip Smith of Company H, 8th Missouri was adamant from the very beginning that HIS reason for fighting was slavery. That view didn't seem to waiver throughout his war-time exploits

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