Richard Williams believes that I run a pro-Union blog, which I assume stands in contrast with a pro-Confederate blog. It’s kind of funny to be labeled in a way that suggests that I am somehow still fighting the war. On the other hand, I do not claim objectivity when it comes to this history. Who could possibly do so given the issues involved and the scale of violence and destruction wrought. No, I do not believe that the Union was wholly good and the Confederacy evil – that would be to apply an overly simplistic moral formula to a very complex subject.
So, if you have any doubt as to where I stand let me lay it out for you on a fourth-grade level:
I do not believe that secession was justified given the reasons presented. [I am speaking specifically of the lower South states.]
I also do not believe that secession was constitutional.
Abraham Lincoln was justified in using military force to suppress the rebellion of the southern states.
Lincoln and Congress were justified in going against slavery as a means to save the Union.
The abolition of slavery was a good thing for the entire nation.
The preservation of the Union was a good thing for the entire nation. [The right side won the war.]
The outcome of the war placed this country on track to becoming the leader of the free world.
I was born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey. I was not raised on a pro-Confederate or pro-Union interpretation of the war; in fact, I don’t remember learning anything about the Civil War until I was well into my 20s. If what I listed above makes me pro-Union than so be it. It seems to me to be a pretty mainstream/uncontroversial view.
Rather than a pro-Union blog I prefer to see it as a pro-America blog. Enjoy the increased traffic today, Richard.