"To encourage the preservation of history, perpetuate the hallowed memories of brave men, to assist in the observance of Memorial Day, to aid and support all members, widows and orphans, and to perpetuate the record of the services of every Southern soldier."
Contrary to what some people believe, not all Confederate soldiers were fighting to keep slavery. Just as it has always been there were a small percentage of wealthy people living in the south who owned plantations and slaves. Most Confederate soldiers didn’t own slaves so they had nothing to gain. It was the wealthy who had political ties in D.C. through the Democrat Party, who fought tooth and nail against freeing slaves. Interesting considering it’s now the liberal Democrats who are trying to remove anything that has to do with the Confederacy (i.e. flag, monuments, plaques, statues, etc.), maybe they want to destroy the evidence.
It also wasn’t a situation where all men gladly volunteered to serve in the army, they were ordered to, including teenage boys. Guess who didn’t have to fight because of special legislation that was drafted? Slave owners. If someone owned at least 20 slaves he didn’t have to serve. If someone owned 25 slaves, both he and his oldest son didn’t have to serve…and so on. Do you think Confederate soldiers were happy about this?
There were men who wanted to fight because they didn’t believe that states should be dictated to by the Federal government. Keep in mind, from the very beginning of our great Nation, states’ rights were a heated issue. Various states threatened to pull out of the Union far before the issue of slavery because of things like the number of representatives allowed per each state and the amount of Federal taxes. Citizens of states like Alabama and Mississippi certainly didn’t see where money sent to D.C. would ever come back to benefit them. They were poor and didn’t feel like they had anything to give.
The mindset of southern men around 1860 was shaped by their fathers, and it wasn’t pro-government especially the Federal government so it wasn’t too difficult to fire some of the men up by saying the Federal government was telling them what to do. There was a separation of northerners and southerners before the Civil War. To some extent, it hasn’t changed as some people from both areas have negative bias towards the other.
The bottom line is that most southerners who try to honor their family members who died serving the Confederate Army aren’t a bunch of racists even though many liberals attempt to pin them as such. If you have liberals in your area who try to remove memorials, portraits, and/or statues of those who served in the Confederacy, please fight back because the families of those who died in the war deserve it.