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He should read some history before writing in an opinion

While I don’t wish to comment on all the whatever in Steve Mills’

rambling letter of June 25, I would point out that he ought to read a

little history, especially of the American Civil War, before he makes

statements like it “was entirely about slavery.”

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I hate to burst your bubble, Mills, but it was “entirely about the

preservation of the Union.”

You should have read more of Lincoln’s writings, especially the

one addressed to Horace Greeley of Aug. 22, 1862. I quote in part:

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“My paramount object in this struggle is to save the union and is not

either to save or to destroy slavery.

“If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do

it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it,

and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I

would also do that.”

A fact, Mills, not an interpretation.

JAMES SPEED

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