Old Blu wrote: I never said I didn't believe what General Early said. I made the statement that he left, which for one reason, he didn't know whether he was going to hang!! I also agree with any other things that made him run. Which makes one think that would be the smartest thing for anyone. I don't try to trick anyone. I like to be serious and thanks for staying on the topic. Discussing slavery is a lost cause.
Perhaps you know enough about General Early to answer the question, 'What did Early write that was wrong?'?
To be honest, I had been avoiding answering this question because I sensed that it was bait meant to open up a line of argument exactly like the one I see developing here. I’m not interested in tu quoque defenses of slavery, especially ones that rest on ridiculously false equivalencies. I’m not interested in arguing the morality of Early's social theories. You asked for a false statement from Early. Mark provided one, and I added to it:
"The condition of domestic slavery, as it existed in the South, had not only resulted in a great improvement in the moral and physical condition of the negro race, but had furnished a class of laborers as happy and contented as any in the world, if not more so."
We probably should have avoided slavery and stuck to Early’s interpretations of the war, which are full of distortions and lawyerly manipulations that are disingenuous at best, dishonest at worst.
Here’s a question for you: if you do not believe Early’s own stated reasons for why he left the country after the war, why would you believe anything else he wrote?
In my eyes he was wrong wanting to keep the war going but I certainly don't condemn him for what he did 150 years ago. Keep in mind there were quite a few people from the South did the same thing. He was 1 of many not knowing what the future brings.