A Short History of the Confederate States of America

A Short History of the Confederate States of America was written by the President of the Confederate States of America, the great President Jefferson Davis, may his memory be eternal. I’ve included a PDF of the full booklet, however, it is worth pointing out the opening paragraphs beginning on page nine (9) and a further paragraph excerpted from the close of page ten (10):

IGNORANCE and credulity have enabled unscrupulous partisans so to mislead public opinion, both at home and abroad, as to create the belief that the institution of African slavery was the chief cause, instead of being a mere incident in the group of causes, which led to war. In keeping with the first misrepresentation was that of the position assigned to the belligerent parties. Thus, the North is represented as having fought for the emancipation of the African slaves, and the South for the increase and extension of the institution of African servitude as it existed in the Southern States. 

Therein is a twofold fallacy. First, the dominant party at the North, in x861, through their exponent, President Lincoln, declared, in his inaugural message, as follows :

” I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so; and I have no inclination to do so.”

This declaration was reinforced by quoting from the platform of the political convention which nominated him, an emphatic resolution, in these words :

“Resolved, That the maintenance inviolate of the rights of the States, and especially the right of each State to order and control its own domestic institutions according to its own judgment exclusively, is essential to that balance of power on which the perfection and endurance of our political fabric depends ; and we denounce the lawless invasion, by armed force, of the soil of any State or Territory, no matter under what pretext, as among the gravest of crimes.”

Fitly, as to time and occasion, was the armed invasion of a State denounced as among the gravest of crimes, and so it remains, whether or not a State’s secession should be an accomplished fact. If the State were still in the Union, it was a crime against the Constitution, which did not grant power to coerce a State (indeed the convention which formed that Constitution refused to give that power); if a State had withdrawn from the Union, it was a crime against humanity and justice to make war upon a neighbor’s late associate for the exercise of that sovereign right : in either case it was a crime against the hopes of mankind in destroying the fairest prospect for the success of federative government and substituting the theory of force for that of consent.

If additional evidence be needed to prove that ” emancipation ” was not an original purpose, it may be found not only in the inaugural, but also in the fact that President Lincoln subsequently defended the issuance of his emancipation proclamation, in 1863, on the ground of “military necessity.” Therefore, the North could not have entered upon the war to abolish Slavery. developments in the course of the war cannot be transplanted to its beginning, and then be made to do duty as the cause.

The facts therefore being understood from the horses mouth, so to speak are thus:

  1. The Southern States did not secede to keep and to expand slavery.
  2. Lincoln did not care about slaves, nor had he any intent on freeing them.
  3. The Southern States had every sovereign right under the Constitution to leave.

But rather than lecturing you here, I will cease and post the booklet for you to read on your own, and draw whatever conclusions you may. Keep in mind that this text is of much greater historical significance and more able to be believed in content than the common Yankee school textbook, as it was written by the very hand of the President that wrote and dispatched letters to our great and celebrated generals, among them, Stonewall Jackson and the gentleman of gentlemen, Robert E. Lee.

A Short History of the Confederate States of America


After reading “A Short History of the Confederate States of America“, I suggest you also review my post “Civil War History as Taught in the Early 1900’s” which shows how differently textbooks were written concerning the “Civil War” in earlier times, and also take a look at my post “A Confederate Catechism“. It was written by Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1853-1935), who was the 13th son of John Tyler (1790 – 1862), the 10th President of the United States (1841 – 1845). It is interesting to note that when the War of Northern Aggression began in 1861, former U.S. President John Tyler sided with the Confederate government, and won election to the Confederate House of Representatives shortly before his death.


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