The March 15 article announcing the re-enactment of the Battle of Bentonville mentioned only the civil rights movement and slavery. What does that have to do with the anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville where our ancestors valiantly fought and lost their lives for Southern independence and liberty? It is estimated that 70 to 80 percent of Confederate soldiers did not own slaves and therefore had no financial interest in fighting to preserve slavery. Lincoln used this idea that the South was fighting to “preserve slavery” as a wartime measure.
“Fifty years ago, the civil rights movement was making headlines at the same time Civil War centennial events were marked with celebrations and costume balls. The 1960s commemorations placed the contemporary situation of African-Americans in sharp focus against celebrations of a Confederate army that fought in part to preserve slavery,” the article stated.
What were we writing about again? Oh, yes. The Battle of Bentonville. Not the civil rights movement.
I am a proud descendent of a Confederate veteran, and we should all be proud for what our ancestors fought and gave their lives for. Everything does not need to be turned into a racial issue. I would love to hear more about facts surrounding the battle or the war and less propaganda.