When trying to determine a person’s motivations, its best to go straight to the source when possible. Princeton historian Dr. James McPherson, who had researched 25,000 personal letters and 249 diaries of Confederate soldiers, discovered the main theme referenced was ‘Liberty” as they saw and defined it at the time. And many a letter from Union soldiers talk about the desire to preserve the Union
Confederate Soldiers weren't traitors
There are exceptions to doing the right thing that mar the community’s ability to correct an injustice. Toppling statues and spray-painting vulgarities, like the insanity of last summer, are acts of intimidation and aggression no different than erecting the statues in the first place. On one hand there are miscreants hiding behind masks and mobs and on the other there are politicians babbling about heritage.
An Open Letter to All Americans: Is It Proper to Call Confederate Soldiers ‘Traitors’ and to Tear Down Their Statues?
If so, then we need to broaden the scope of installations to be reviewed to include most of the founding fathers and every single officer of the Continental Army. They too led an armed insurrection against their parent nation with some having received their military training by serving in the British Army.