Due to be released 2019.
Patriotic Resolutions of a Lost Cause
The Hampton Roads Peace Conference held on the James River on February 3, 1865, was a precursor to a historic public display of southern patriotic sentiment for the Southern Cause. After Lincoln’s rejection, the outpouring of soldiers and citizens around the Confederacy and primarily in the Army of Northern Virginia in the trenches of Petersburg and Richmond were overwhelming. For the first time since the beginning of the war, these men and women described their struggle on a national level and voiced their determination to continue, even to death. After four years of subjection and President Lincoln’s rejection to the Southern Peace Congregation, the people of the south realized that surrender was not a possibility and thus met to articulate why they were fighting or chose their lot of secession. The outcome of these meetings generated resolutions that brought about unity for the last push of the Confederacy in an attempt to sustain its existence.
Just three days after the Peace Conference, General Robert E. Lee was promoted to General & Chief and Commander of all Confederate military forces. Less than five weeks after the Confederate Congress declared General Lee’s promotion, these legislators authorized the enlistment of black soldiers into the southern arm forces. The aims of southern ideology were rapidly changing as mere survival came into view.
The annihilation of General Early’s Valley Army at the Battle of Waynesboro on March 2nd permitted General Sheridan’s 10,000 troopers to reach General Lee’s siege lines and flank the longstanding nine-month barricade. The end was imminent. Although, many of the soldiers and people of the south did exercise their one last opportunity to voice their disdain for the northern government, their faith in their new commander, and their determination for sovereignty and independence, and support to arm the black population.
This narrative is a thought provoked dissection of some one hundred resolutions depicting the philosophies and logic behind the sacrifices and determination for the Southern Cause as written by the men and women that imparted everything they knew and loved to establish a new country of southern states.
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