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God Bless The History
Yesterday, March 25th, 2008, the History Channel aired a series on Camp Douglas, the 80 acres of Hell, and also Camp Andersonville. For those who always ask the question about why we in the South continue to fight a war that has long since passed; they should not have missed this series. I am somewhat surprised and absolutely proud of the History Channels almost complete exoneration of Major Henry Wirz. Major Wirz was the only Confederate official to have been tried and hanged for his complicity in the War Between the States, and his refusal to accept a deal that would have put the Honorable Jefferson Davis and General Robert E. Lee in the Yankee hands who conducted the shameful military tribunal that took his life, also speak volumes for his impeccable character. Even the staunchest supporters of the Union would have finally been exposed to the true criminality of those like U. Grant that clearly exposed his complicity in the tragic circumstances that caused the deaths of his own men at Andersonville. Grant and Union General Hooker knew very well about the perjury of their witnesses against Major Wirz, to include the one who gave the most damning testimony against Wirz; he wasnít even at Andersonville. Grant who responded when asked why he had not set free his slaves after the war, responded, that good help was hard to find, and then he took his station as the President of the United States. If anybody should have been put on trial for war crimes, it should have been Colonel Sweet, the Commandant of Camp Douglas, William T. Sherman and a host of others including Grant that I would surely get into deep trouble for calling out their names. For those who always claim that there were no Black Confederates, the History Channel clearly showed the pictures of how they were immediately shot and left in pools of their blood why rats ate them as they lie dead or dying at Camp Douglas.
The History Channel clearly pointed out how the Industrial Revolution of the 1850ís could easily have led to the end of slavery, instead the greed of Northern industrialist squandered away an opportunity that would have saved the life of over 600,000 of this nations citizens primarily for the production of military weapons against the people of the South for Lincolnís unconstitutional war.
Even those citizens of Lincolnís Illinois can find reasons to be troubled as the revelation of how the people of Chicago faced the same tyranny on November 6, 1864 when Colonel Sweet claimed that many of them were conspiring to rescue the Confederate soldiers from the inhumane conditions of Camp Douglas. Lincoln had already suspended the writ of habeas corpus, so Sweet suffered no consequences in his actions of arresting over 200 citizens of that city, many who were very prominent, which included a one Buckner Morris and his wife who was banished to Kentucky.
It is no surprise that those who want to put the North in a virtuous historical perspective during this epoch, want to rid the national scene of our glorious Southern banner and culture. For if the true story is told, not only will there be bills to paid, but there will be some very angry citizens on both sides of the Mason Dixon, Red, Yellow, Black and White, who will finally understand that the South was right for her stand against greed and the criminal circumventing of the Constitution ; one that continues to this very day. This nation should be proud that a people had the courage to stand up against insurmountable odds that has unfairly left them in a perpetual historical lie that keep us in a unholy divide.