Disloyalty in the Confederacy

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U of Nebraska Press, Feb 1, 2000 - History - 176 pages
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The author, Georgia Tatum, has a clever way of thinking -- if you didn't fight to spread slavery (the cause of the Civil War was the spread of slavery --Jeff Davis and US Senator David Rice Atchison had been killing in Kansas for years, with the expressed purpose of spreading slavery west) -- you were disloyal.
They only people they were disloyal to, were the sociopaths dressed up for church, who tortured slaves, sold children, and killed to spread slavery. Yes, men against the Confederacy were disloyal to them.
150 years of BS is enough. I doubt Ms Tatum has any clue how common rape was, rape committed by men she held out as heroic and Christian heroes. It went beyond slavery and torture of slaves who tried to escape, or did not work fast enough., It went beyond even burning black men and women to death who rebelled against slavery by force of their own.
These "Christian heroes" claimed God ordained torture of slaves -- Lee himself wrote that God knew and intended slaves to "endure painful discipline" and claimed "pain was necessary for their instruction". Lee, according to witnesses reported in three newspapers before the Civil War, screamed at slave girls WHILE he had them whipped, then had their fresh wounds bathed in salt brine -- for more pain. The witnesses said it was for more pain, and I'm not going to doubt that.
By the way the girl(s) Lee had whipped -- the original overseer refused to whip, because they were too young. Remember that. Slave girls SO YOUNG the regular overseer refused. Lee hired another man, a bounty hunter, to do the honors, while Lee screamed.
That's what you are dealing with here --
If SHerman had done to them, what they had done to slaves who rebelled, Confederates would have all been burned to death. Yet Sherman treated them well, gave them their land backs, did not burn them to death. Yes, he had and house or plantation burned down, from which shots were fired at his troops. But he did not have cities burned down, Lee ordered fires set in Richmond on his cowardly rush from that city, and those fires spread. Same thing in Atlanta.
Tatum should first learn what the Confederacy was about -- not the myths she was fed. Then she might do a better job writing history.
 

Contents

THE CAUSES OF DISLOYALTY
3
THE DEVELOPMENT OF PEACE SOCIETIES
24
DISAFFECTION WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI
36
THE PEACE SOCIETY IN ALABAMA
54
DISAFFECTION IN GEORGIA FLORIDA AND MISSISSIPPI
73
THE HEROES OF AMERICA AND DISAFFECTION
107
UNIONISM IN EAST TENNESSEE AND SOUTHWEST
143
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Georgia Lee Tatum taught for many years at Mississippi Delta State Teachers College (now Delta State University). Introducing this Bison Books edition is David Williams, a professor of history at Valdosta State University in Georgia. He is the author of Rich Man?s War: Class, Caste, and Confederate Defeat in the Lower Chattahoochee Valley.

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