Footnote 14 – Chandra Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War

Footnote 14 – Chandra Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War (New York:  Vintage/Random House, 2008), p. 3

“The fact that slavery is the sole undeniable cause of this infamous rebellion, that it is a war of, by and for Slavery, is as plain as the noon-day sun.” So claimed the farmers, shopkeepers, and laborers who made up the Thirteeenth Wisconsin Infantry Regiment in February 1862.  The white Southerners of Morgan’s Confederate Brigade might not have seen eye to eye with the Wisconsin men on much in 1862, but they agreed that “any man who pretends to believe that this is not a war for the emancipation of the blacks … is either a fool or a liar.”  Two years later, black men in the Fourteenth Rhode Island Heavy Artillery reminded each other, “upon your prowess, discipline, and character; depend the destinies of four millions of people and the triumph of the principles of freedom and self-government of this great republic.”

This quotation references, among other sources, the Wisconsin Volunteer (newspaper of the 13th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment), February 6, 1862, p. 3, from Kansas State Historical Society Archives; The Vidette (newspaper of Morgan’s Confederate Brigade, Springfield, TN), November 2, 1862, p. 3, from Tennessee State Library and Archives.

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