05-14-2016, 05:45 AM
Yep. The fact of of the matter is well, it's more complicated than what people are taught. Everyone who fought or did not fight did so for their own reason. East Tennessee where I'm from was torn apart over that war.
My great-great uncles fought each other over it while my great-great grandfather was in California mining for gold hoping that he wasn't conscripted. One of my great great grandfathers was an outspoken abolitionist who owned a slave.
Another was also an abolitionist slave owner who, prior to the war ending, re-united one of his slaves with her family and freed them. The black family continued to live and work for his family for nearly 40 years. The descendants of that family still keep in touch with my family and have invited my parents to their family reunion.