Swiper, et al, The Northern slave owners sold their slaves to the South in most cases. Slaves were extremely valuable and cost about the price of a new car or a good used car today. Another thing thats left out of the mix is that slaves and slavery existed for survival. They, and the so called "evil" of slavery kept the country and the world fed and clothed for many decades. The slaves themselves were generally well treated regardless of over 150 years of lies to the contrary. The question was about how slavery was to end, not about the issue itself. The radicals wanted slaves to be dumped on the world with no education and no preperation for living on their own. All this with no remuneration to the owners who had to take it on the chin. Forget how their famlies were to be fed, clothed, housed, slave-freedmen-white. Sorry Charley. Slavery has to end regardless of the ramifacations! (Worked out real good didn't it ?) Over 700,000 dead in the war alone, well over 50,000 civilian Southern civilians murdered, starved, or dead by pestilience. Countless thousands more maimed for life. Black/White relations poisoned for nearly two centuries. Countless war crimes committed against the Southern populace by the so called "liberators" many of these fresh off the boat from Europe. These were the cream of the Northern juggernaught that raped and pilliaged like Huns across the defenseless South. The black women were ravaged, raped, and beaten first. Then came the white women, girls, and defenseless old. Funny how the "down trodden darkies" not only didn't flock to the Northern armies, but defended (sometimes to the death) their "white folks". Who do you think was home tending the fires, getting in the crops, and caring for the homefront? It wasn't Santa Claus! (Or kindly "Honest Abe") Yes folks. Let's think about that one point above for a moment. Thousands of foregin born troops marshaled against the populace of the South. We make a God out of the man who has the blood of countless tens of thousands on his hands and the man who clapped his hands and laughed when he heard the news of Sherman's war crimes. In the words of an old poem, found in a old Confederate's Bible... "The Unreconstructed Rebel", it reads in part. "I hates the striped banner, tis dripping with our blood! I hates the "Glorious Union" I fought it all I could! Three hundred thousand Yankees is stiff in Southern dust; We got three hundred thousand before they conquered us! They died of Southern fever and Southern steel and shot- I wish it was three million instead of what we got! And I don't want no pardon, for Reb I was and am! I won't be reconstructed, and I don't care a damn!" Gray_Rider Deo Vindice! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!