Confederate Soldier Explains What the South was Fighting For

Uploaded on Feb 1, 2011

Confederate soldier Julius Howell talking about his capture and imprisonment at the Union prison camp at Point Lookout, Md. Howell was born in 1846 near the Holy Neck section of Suffolk, in the Holland area. He was the youngest of 16 children, the son of a prominent Baptist minister. His daddy wouldn’t allow him to join the army until he was 16½, he says in his account.

He saw action guarding the Blackwater River against Yankees until his regiment was called to help defend Richmond in 1864. By then, he was a corporal and courier for two generals.

In April 1865, Howell was taken prisoner at the battle of Sailor’s Creek and was transported to Point Lookout, Md., a notorious Union prison. He was there when he heard about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

“I arose pretty early,” he says. “There were 20,000 of us there. I saw a flag pole, and a flag stopped halfway.”

The youth, a slightly built man with bright red hair, knew what it meant.

“I stuck my head in a tent and said, ‘Boys, there must be some big Yankee dead.’ ”

A guard told the men later that the president had been shot. Howell says he felt no hatred toward Lincoln, only kindness.

“We didn’t fight for the preservation or extension of slavery,” he says. “It was a great curse on this country that we had slavery. We fought for states’ rights, for states’ rights.”

After the war, Howell taught at Reynoldson Institute in Gates County, N.C. He soon left teaching and went to the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a history degree. From there, he went on to Harvard and got a doctorate in history.

Howell was a history professor at the University of Arkansas. He eventually headed the department. In 1901, he was named president of Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, where he served for 50 years.

Howell was forever loyal to the South. He became state commander of the Tennessee Confederate Veterans and, in 1940, was named commander-in-chief of the national United Confederate Veterans.

In 1942, Life magazine did a spread on Howell. Several photos of the old gentleman show him dressed in his Confederate uniform. Because legislators wanted to hear more from the Confederate veteran, Howell addressed the combined Congress of the United States in Washington in 1944, when he was 98, and that is when it is believed this tape was made.

Four years later, in February 1948, on his 102nd birthday, the city of Bristol threw a party. His old friend, actress Mary Pickford, and her family attended.

Howell, who had never been sick a day in his life, died the following June.

Julius Howell was the great-great-uncle of former ANV Commander Russell Darden.

All credit goes to sons of confederate veterans i dont take any credit for this,

let us be in peace…..
God Bless Dixie and all brave confederate soldiers.

Some comments from GLP

A book that will really stir you is “Memoirs of Service Afloat” by Confederate Admiral Raphael Semmes of the CSS Alabama.

The first quarter of the book is a very compelling case for the ECONOMIC STRANGLEHOLD theory of secession and the war, and the rest reads like a very compelling travel log– interspersed with some fighting, ship seizures and torchings, etc., of course.

Very well worth the read as well, from a gentleman/scholar officer/sailor.

EVERY Native American tribe sided with the Confederacy.

The Koshers sided with the Confederacy.

Slavery was still legal in some states in New England until the EARLY 20TH CENTURY!!!

The biggest slaveholder was a black.

In some states, there were MORE white Irish slaves than there were black slaves.

The “Rebel Flag” is NOT the Confederate Flag. It is the Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia.

The real Confederate Flag looked similar to the State Flag of Texas.

Public Schools = stupidity centers.

I love teaching civil war history, The best question you can ever ask anyone that doesn’t know what they need to know is,
If the South was fighting for slavery do you honestly think that 99% of southerners were fighting for the 3% that owned slaves? Or were they fighting for economic freedom?
I’ve yet to see an honest answer to my question from anyone because it’s an absurd notion at best!

Bonus video: Dr. Steve Pieczenik calls out the Civil War as a war of white genocide.

6 thoughts on “Confederate Soldier Explains What the South was Fighting For

  1. Slavery has been the most expensive mistake this country has made, but let us be clear here as it was not pure Europeans who had slaves, but Jews.

    As always the noble lower classes get mucked into war.

    These men might have thought they were fighting for states rights, but really, they were being used by The Plantation

  2. Anyone who thinks the war of northern aggression was over slavery is ignorant

    There would have been no early day colonial success without slavery. The entire economy, North and South was driven by slavery

  3. I am still pissed about how and what I was taught in school regards the “Civil War”. I had heard the term, “War of Northern Aggression”, but discounted it. Today, I always refer to it as the WoNA, because now I know the truth. Same holds true for WWI, WWII, the Holohoax, and “evil Nazis”. Jefferson said, “There is no truth existing which I fear or would wish unknown to the whole world.” The Christ-killers’ quote would be just the opposite.

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