An Alabama Planter on the bloody conflict (1865)

The bloody conflict between brothers, is closed, and “we come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.” The South had $2,000,000,000 invested in Slaves. It was very natural thatthey should desire to protect, and not lose this amount of property. Their action in this effort, resulted in War. There was no desire to dissolve the Union, but to protect this property. The issue was made and it is decided.

– Letter from an Alabama Planter (Sterling Cockrill), to President Andrew Johnson, September 18, 1865

Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Civil War Quotations, page 51.

digital file from b&w film neg.

[Port Royal Island, S.C. African Americans preparing cotton for the gin on Smith’s plantation].

O’Sullivan, Timothy H., 1840-1882, photographer.

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