Cottin Pickin' Textile Mills Wrote:
> I live on his son's former plantation land which
> was formerly Robert E. Lee's Mother in Law's Land.
> Ravensworth Land Grant wherein the plantation was
> at the current Ravensworth Shopping Center at
> Braddock and 495.
> The local history BEFORE this land grant is very
> Besides that, to answer the Civil War question.
> Lincoln knew he was screwed when the south
> succeeded as the North depending upon the South's
> plentiful cotton crops.
> The south knew it would be screwed if the north
> voted to abolish slavery or at least their economy
> would be greatly effected.
> South Carolina made it clear that their succession
> was over this issue.
> Also, the North's huge advantage over the south
> due to tariffs economically. The tariffs actually
> largely benefited the North and not the South.
> The south was "barely making it" while the North
> For a break down on the issue of Tariffs see:
> The south already burdened by the disparity with
> the North over tariffs now faced the real
> possibility that the human capital which drove the
> largest plantations would be taken away and that
> their economy would not survive and so the
> succession began. South Carolina was particularly
> open and frank about their fear of losing slavery
> and put it into writing as reason for succession.
> Both the issue of tariffs and the prospect of
> losing slavery together propelled the Southern
> States to succeed from the Union.
> The North, in turn, (LINCOLN) made the decision to
> invade the south and "beat it into submission"
> through warfare in the deadliest war experienced
> by the populace of our land.
> I believe Robert E. Lee was a decent man.
> The issue of slavery would have been resolved
> without 800,000 lives lost to war.
> Lincoln, the "hero" or the "Tyrant"?
> What say ye?
He was faced with armed insurrection. He broke some rules combating this insurrection, we have not even mentioned things like suspension of habeas corpus yet. And in the end he preserved the Union and made life in America as we know it possible.
He was probably both.