by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
Awhile back now I was sent a copy of the book The Un-Civil War–Shattering the Historical Myths, written by Leonard M. (Mike) Scruggs, who many of you may be familiar with. I was supposed to do a review of this book, which I did, and sent it in, but to the best of my knowledge, the review was not published.
This book by Mike Scruggs was not new when it was sent to me. It was published in 2011. Not that this makes any difference, as Mike had lots of material in this book that is worthwhile, and so I am doing a scaled down version of my original review to give folks a chance to see some of what he dealt with in this book. Check Amazon to see if you can find it. The book is definitely worth reading.
I noted in my original review that Mike gave ten pages of reference resources, starting on page 346. So obviously he did a lot of homework putting this together. He didn’t just write it off the top of his head.
With this book Mike aimed to lay the “cunningly devised fables” of Northern soothsayers to rest once and for all. He did a good job of that, not that any of them will ever admit it. He presented a huge amount of evidence in this endeavor to back up what he said, and showed that, basically most of what we have been taught as “history” about the War is little more than the cow chips you might find in a West Texas pasture. He went into so many areas dealing with the War and its effects on the South that it would have been impossible to list them all here. So I have tried to mention a few of the high spots.
He noted such important (and usually untouched) issues as the Morrill Tariff, the Union’s total war policy, the hanging of Mary Surratt (which I have commented on in several articles), the Fourteenth Amendment, the ever pertinent “reconstruction” era, the truth about slavery, and these were but a few of the important issues he dealt with.
He started on page 7 by noting the prescient comments of men like Major General Patrick Cleburne and theologian Robert Lewis Dabney, who were both astute enough to see what would happen to future generations in the South should what Dabney labeled as “Northern interests” prevail in the War, and it wasn’t pretty.
Mike noted on page 8 what should be obvious today, but isn’t, when he said: “No serious student of the ‘Civil War’ believes the Union invaded the South to emancipate slaves. Such ignorance, however, is commonplace. This propagandistic version of the war is commonly taught in public schools, and, in ignorance, even in many Christian schools. Yet it has little basis in fact. Slavery was an issue between North and South, but not in the propagandistic, fabricated moral sense usually assumed.”
He observed, accurately, that there were many reasons for the War. In regard to the Morrill Tariff he noted that: “One of the most heinous political crimes in history was the Morrill Tariff, which made secession of the major cotton producing states almost inevitable.” Mike gave the entirety of chapter four over to the Morrill Tariff, so you know how important an issue this was.
In chapter five he dealt with the Abolitionists and popular misconceptions about them, as well as their background in Unitarianism, something that is supposed to be a non-Trinitarian Christian worldview, but is actually more akin to some sort of socialism than it is to Christianity. He explained the Unitarian mindset and, while admitting not all Abolitionists were Unitarians, he noted how pervasive Unitarian thought was among the Abolitionist leadership. He noted in several places how theology affected the War–something that, again, most “historians” don’t want to touch with a ten-foot pole!
On pages 60-61 he dealt with the concept of States Rights. For years Marxist historians and other useful idiots have tried to tell us that States Rights was nothing more than the right of individual states to brutalize black people. Actually, the concept of States Rights was what this country was founded on. There was supposed to be a balance between the rights of the individual states and those areas the states had delegated (not surrendered) to a federal government. Naturally, after the War, that balance was forever destroyed, and we ended up with what Lincoln and his handlers really wanted–a centralized government where everything was controlled by Washington. The first step toward a One World government.
Chapter 15 dealt with the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid in Virginia, a fascinating side bar to events going on in Virginia at that point in the War. Chapter 19 dealt with the hanging of Mary Surratt, which I have always contended was a travesty of justice, considering the fact that the feds showed almost no interest in her son, John, who was supposed to be a major player in the Lincoln assassination.
Chapter 20 dealt with the Fourteenth Amendment and chapter 21 dealt with “reconstruction.” Most of this is not fun reading. However, it is essential in our day that we understand what “reconstruction” was really all about because, even in our day, we have suffered the effects of it.
This book was published by Universal Media, Inc. One Boston Way, Asheville, North Carolina 28803 http://www.thetribunepapers.com If you can still find it then get it. You will learn a lot that the historians–so called would rather you remain ignorant of.