Re: Dumped from 24x7 Ravens forum on April 25th
I always admired Lee despite his treason. He was the best officer the country ever produced and the most loved General ever. He was an honorable man but he didn't free
the slaves like Wash did. In fact, when he marched to Gettysburgh and went thru York
they found some freed slaves, some that had fled the south and made it. The army
tied them up and sent them back to the south. Lee had to know about it.
The irony of Gettysburgh and perhaps the entire war was that the final battle at
Gettysburgh at Seminary Ridge ended on a farm owned by a freed slave. They
breached the line at the ridge and got over it until reinforcements arrived and pushed
General Armistead who's uncle was the hero and commander of Ft McHenry went
futher than anyone in that attack until he fell. That's called the South's high water
mark, the closest they came to winning the war.
It's kind of funny. My family fought for Lee who refused to fire on his home in Virginia but
my ancestors didnt mind it. They were part of thousands of Marylanders that joined Lee's
army. They were at Antietam and had they won they would have
devoured the entire state including their own homes. Lee wouldn't fire on his home but
my family would have. I'm convinced had I been alive I would have been at Antietam
trying to kill them because I would have tried to stop slavery.
There's no proof of this but I think they might have been part of the riots on Pratt St when
they attacked union troops as the marched up to Camden Yards from Union Station in
Little Italy. My family lived out Wilkens Ave and that's close to there. My grandfather always
took my mom on walks down to the Lexington Market and the market on broadway where
he bought fish.
Those were really the first shots of the Civl War and 12 citizens were killed or wounded.
I'm convinced my family was down there raising hell. That's where I get my hell raising
from as you can tell-lol.
Lincoln once again brought union troops to Bmore and put guns on Federal Hill. They
could fire all the way out to 25th street. General Butler the Butcher said he'd do just
that if they acted up again. They never did and the guns are still there point out to
Butler was the one who surrounded the state house as they voted to leave the union
but didn't get his nick name til New Orleans where he butchered a lot of citizens like
he promised to do here.
Last edited by AirFlacco; 04-26-2012 at 05:43 PM.
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