My post was in response to Greylord's earlier posts, whose line of the Confederate Battle Flag being "many things to many people" which is something Neo-Confederates trot out a lot. The anecdotal evidence in regards to some African-Americans flying it does happen, but they're invariably outliers and looked down upon in their respective communities; it would be about as common as seeing Armenians flying Turkish flags. I was not inclined initially to read the walls of text with an opening like that, along with other posters quoting his "states rights vs federal rights was at the heart of the issue" thus my response. I apologize for the misconstruction.No one did. Don't drop baseless charges like that.
However, I do wish to address this factor.The South's reason for going to War was absolutely over their fears of Slavery being ended (and you can blatantly see it in their secession proclamations). However, Lincoln and the North's original reason for going to war had NOTHING to do with Slavery, but with the right of the State to actually secede and whether it could do so. It was about the Union. It was only after several years and seeing that perhaps this purpose was not as strongly a unifier as needed that Lincoln issued the idea of freeing the slaves. At this, it was STILL NOT over slavery perse, as the slaves in the NORTH WERE NOT FREED by this. Slavery continued at full steam in the Northern slave states.
Technically speaking it's more complicated than this. Four of the border states save Kentucky outlawed slavery before war's end. Kentucky only abolished slavery when the 13th Amendment passed.
This is not to erase the Union hypocrisy at the time, but it was something they still worked to undo gradually rather than something they ended only at the last minute.
It wasn't ignored, but it did meet with significant pushback and hurt him more than it helped. It actually caused Cleburne to stop being promoted as a result and more or less killed his career in the military. President Jefferson David had some choice words about the affair:Umbran said:You may not feel it is plausible, but in the canon setting, they did so in 1865. Remember, the war was more deadly than in our world.
And, ideas of this kind it was proposed in the real world: Early in 1864, General Patrick Cleburne proposed enlisting slaves in return for their freedom. And that proposal wasn't just roundly ignored.
...the dissemination or even promulgation of such opinions under the present circumstances of the Confederacy, whether in the Army or among the people can be productive only of discouragement, distraction, and dissension.