John S. Mosby’s Letter to Samuel Chapman

John S. Mosby had fought for the Confederacy because he was a Southern man who very strongly believes in the idea that a soldier should fight for his country, no matter what the politics involved were about. For Mosby, a soldier’s duty was to not question his leaders’ motives, even if fighting for the “wrong” side, because a soldier’s duty was to his country, not to politics. Because of this value that Mosby holds on to, he is not ashamed, but rather takes great pride in having fought for the South during the Civil War. To Mosby, the South fought in the war because of slavery and provides evidence for this by pointing out that it was stated in South Carolina’s proclamation of secession that they were seceding because slavery would not be safe under Lincoln’s presidency.

image: https://www.loc.gov/item/cwp2003001284/PP/

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