Confederate History and Heritage Month: The Civil War was NOT about slavery (says a man who was 7 years old when the war started)

(Image courtesy of Facebook)

Folks, game over. This is the smoking gun! The one we've all been waiting for. The Civil War WAS NOT over slavery! This changes everything. Lyon Gardiner Tyler (who was 7 at the start of the Civil War) says it was not over slavery. Do you know what this means? This is bonafide proof that the Confederate Heritage crowd is right about this. I mean, this guy obviously knows things, after all, he was the son of John Tyler, the 10th President of the United States of America (and a traitor). This tool wrote a pamphlet called "A Confederate Catechism". It's a load of Lost Cause rubbish, in which he makes excuses for the Confederacy and deflects from the real cause of the war, the "peculiar institution". Are we really surprised that the Virginia Flaggers are trotting this nonsense out on their Facebook page as proof of how honorable their "cause" is? You know, celebrating their ancestors practice of owning human beings as property? These Confederate Heritage buffoons are sick, evil, racist people. They constantly spread lies as fact. It is impossible that they don't know that this garbage means absolutely nothing when it comes to the cause of the war. Utterly meaningless. This is proof of nothing, except for the fact that Lyon Gardiner Tyler is every bit as much a pathetic liar as they are. Their "cause" is a disgusting celebration of their ancestors white supremacy. I'm going to go throw up now. Thank you Susan Hathaway.

"Tyler's own personal prejudices rendered him incapable of sober judgment on Lincoln. He never could have produced a balanced treatment of the Lincoln presidency. Tyler had created his own myth, an imaginary Old South in which happy slaves sang in the heat as they bent over the cotton plant while the benevolent and beloved master read Cicero in the shade of a veranda, freed from labor to pursue the life of the mind. This idealized South, the South of Margaret Mitchell's great novel, never existed except in the minds of those like Tyler who so desperately wished to believe the best of their ancestors. As Tyler wrote, "the present generation of Southern men ... see no reason to be ashamed of the conduct of their ancestors." The mythical Lincoln was an open affront to the Lost Cause Tyler spent a lifetime nurturing. "The Lincoln myth," declared Merrill Peterson, "endangered the Confederate myth." For that reason most of all, Tyler had to assail Lincoln's god-like postmortem reputation."

An excerpt of page 3 of "A Confederate Catechism". (Image courtesy of the Sons of Confederate Veterans)

Oddly enough, Tyler actually admits that slavery WAS the cause of the Civil War when he writes, "It was not slavery, but the vindictive, intemperate antislavery movement that was at the bottom of all the troubles." Yes, I see. Slavery, not the cause. Anti-slavery, the cause. I wonder if Tyler realized that Anti-slavery was the movement to abolish slavery, therefore, if anti-slavery was the cause of the problems, so was slavery, since there would be no need for an anti-slavery movement if there were no slavery.

Restoring the honor!


  1. It is very interesting how neo-confederates will deny slavery was the cause of the Civil War, yet go on and on about issues that were about slavery. The whole thing is nothing more than deliberate denial of reality. A couple of years ago C-SPAN had a great show on this called Civil War Memory in which Anne Sarah Rubin lectured about the Lost Cause. She brought up the Confederate Catechism and a lot of the mythology behind the lost cause. She is a history professor at the University of Maryland.

    Here is the clip:

  2. It's because deep down they are ashamed of their white supremacist beliefs. Being pathological liars is all they've got.

    Thanks for the link, I'll check that out.

  3. Slavery, slavery, slavery!

    The profits of slavery...

    "...these lenders of blood money had, for a long series of years previous to the war, been the willing accomplices of the slave-holders in perverting the government from the purposes of liberty and justice, to the greatest of crimes. They had been such accomplices for a purely pecuniary consideration, to wit, a control of the markets in the South; in other words, the privilege of holding the slave-holders themselves in industrial and commercial subjection to the manufacturers and merchants of the North (who afterwards furnished the money for the war). And these Northern merchants and manufacturers, these lenders of blood-money, were willing to continue to be the accomplices of the slave-holders in the future, for the same pecuniary considerations. But the slave-holders, either doubting the fidelity of their Northern allies, or feeling themselves strong enough to keep their slaves in subjection without Northern assistance, would no longer pay the price which these Northern men demanded. And it was to enforce this price in the future – that is, to monopolize the Southern markets, to maintain their industrial and commercial control over the South – that these Northern manufacturers and merchants lent some of the profits of their former monopolies for the war, in order to secure to themselves the same, or greater, monopolies in the future. These – and not any love of liberty or justice – were the motives on which the money for the war was lent by the North. In short, the North said to the slave-holders: If you will not pay us our price (give us control of your markets) for our assistance against your slaves, we will secure the same price (keep control of your markets) by helping your slaves against you, and using them as our tools for maintaining dominion over you; for the control of your markets we will have, whether the tools we use for that purpose be black or white, and be the cost, in blood and money, what it may."-Lysander Spooner, Northern Abolitionist, 1870


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