740,000, innocent, young, white boys, Northern Union & Confederate South also
“…gave the last full measure of devotion"
As a significant portion of perfecting the Union, We the People of the United States of a republican form of government, recognize and honor the sacrifice of the circa 740,000, young, innocent white boys of both, the southern as well as the northern states who gave died in the Civil War as our highest, sacred and most moral cause. What they did is the moral high ground of the Union!
While the Civil was/is the most horrific war in the history of our beloved country was won by the Northern Union over the Southern Confederacy of the same, the lives of both young, innocent boys and men who waged the military conflict against each other must be equally honored.
- “conflict” – More military personnel perished the than all the others combined,
Though true that the boys of the Southern Confederacy fought as rebels against the Union of the United States, not for preserve and promulgate the peculiar institution that the Union inherited from the British Empire on July 2-4, 1776 as erroneously portrayed.
Rather, for overwhelming, vast majority of them, it was in defense of their respective countries, i.e., sovereign states from the incursion and invasion of the federal government.
- “states” – According to the 10th Amendment
Now Is the Time Honor and Heal the Southern Boys Too
For too long, those southern military personnel have been villainized as racist haters of the black African descent, chattel slave Americans, and is if our “house divided against itself” is to be healed by GOD, such characterization of the southern boys must immediately cease and desist.
In his November 19, 1863, Gettysburg Address, POTUS Abraham Lincoln dedicated and honored of the Union soldiers in particular whereby he proclaims, “We have come to dedicate as portion of the that field to those who here gave their lives that the nation might live”, and it was their “last full measure of devotion…to that cause” of affirming GOD, the Creators’ “all men created equal” edict.
Of course, had the southern boys won the battle at Gettysburg instead of those of the Union, the cause of freeing the chattel slaves and immediately ending the practice would have been lost, as well as the Union being dissolved causing the existence of two United States in North America.
Understandably, after the battle, the Confederate dead were not properly buried at Gettysburg due to the fact they were of the polity rebelling against the Union’s view of the Declaration of Independence.
However, finally in 1871, most of these honored dead bodies were moved to Hollywood, Virginia, and other lesser southern locations.
Though at the time, a mere 4 months after the battle, Lincoln’s Address was not favorable to, nor mentioned the southern boys, but circa 3 ½ months latter, in his March 3, 1864 Second Inaugural Address, he closed iit with enlightening and mericiful calling for healing, stating,
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” Read more "Southern Boys" Pt-II