- Jul 30, 2019
Of course, the primary goal was to stamp out rebellion and preserve the Union. Those with even a cursory knowledge of the war understand this. And that goal was righteous enough.
Every once in awhile a person who thought the goal was emancipation comes upon the knowledge that the goal was preservation of the Union and then thinks that goal was unworthy and needs defending. We see them here on occasion.
And as one researches deeper, the crux of the matter becomes evident; 'preserving the Union' keeps slavery out of the territories, which then become Free States, which then outnumber the Slaves states sufficiently to end slavery.
The southern leaders were arrogant men, but they were not stupid. A Union preserved as it then stood meant a Union that would one day end slavery.
Southern leaders rebelled to preserve the practice of slavery, killing 600,000 Americans (including poor southern boys) in the process.
They deserve everyone's distain.