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Letter: April is Confederate history month

April is designated Confederate History Month in Alabama by the State School Board and Governor to honor our Confederate ancestors, who opposed Abraham Lincoln’s invasion to collect his oppressive 200 percent tariff (Federal sales tax) on steel.  President Trump’s tariff on steel is 25 percent.

Over 35,000 Alabamians died and 20,000 maimed for life of the 122,000 who defended Alabama.

We, their descendants, appreciate Attorney General Steve Marshall standing tall with Alabama’s lawsuit against Birmingham for violating state law, when the city covered the Confederate soldiers and sailors monument with plywood, which is still there today, over a year and a half later. 

We encourage Marshall to strictly enforce the law’s $25,000 per day fine to dissuade all such altering and disturbing of our Confederate monuments in the future.

The “war over slavery” myth is the only reason for this anti-Confederate bigotry; yet there is no proof of Lincoln ever declaring his war was over slavery. 

Moreover, Lincoln consistently declared his war was “over taxes only and not slavery, at all.”  Birmingham officials have hated our Confederate veterans for no reason.

In his First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861, Lincoln declared:

“I have no purpose to interfere with the institution of slavery.  I believe, I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so.”  (Paragraph 4)

“The power confided to me will be used to collect the duties (tariffs) and imposts (import taxes); but beyond what may be necessary for this, there will be no invasion, no using of force against the people anywhere.”  (Paragraph 21) Even in his “fake Emancipation Proclamations” on September 22, 1862 and January 1, 1863, Lincoln refused to free General Grant’s four slaves and gave the Southern States three months to return to the Union, pay his brutal tax and keep their slaves.  None did. 

Roger K. Broxton,

President

Confederate Heritage Fund

Andalusia