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Database determines war participation level

In regard to Brian Hogan's Nov. 27 letter concerning the number of Confederate soldiers from Lawrence County:

There seems to be a misunderstanding of how the number of Lawrence County Confederate soldiers was derived. The number of 2,400 Confederate soldiers is from the Lawrence County Archives database. This number has been misunderstood by some to mean that 2,400 Confederate soldiers enlisted from Lawrence County. And better yet, some thought it meant that 2,400 Confederate soldiers are buried in Lawrence County. The Archives database is an ongoing project, which also contains information on Union and African-American soldiers.

The number of Confederate soldiers in our database pertains to men with Lawrence County connections, whether the soldiers were born in Lawrence County and moved away before the Civil War, lived in Lawrence County at the time of enlistment, or moved to Lawrence County after the Civil War. This allowed us to arrive at a larger number than the 1,390 men of military age quoted by Mr. Hogan. We also know that some Lawrence County soldiers were younger than 18 and older than 45.

The Lawrence County Archives started creating a military database in 2003. This database consists of veterans from all wars with Lawrence County connections. Our purpose is to recognize these veterans and to better assist people researching their Lawrence County roots.

Myra Borden


Metzger considers
employees' families

I believe Ray Metzger has the right to vote no if he wants to and I do not believe anyone is pulling any strings as they stated. Ray has a level head about these kinds of things and I don't blame him for stepping back and taking a long look before he votes.

He is thinking of the employees who will lose their jobs and that's a hard thing to do around this time of the year. Christmas is coming up and these people have to take care of their families, their homes and medical bills. That is a lot to think about.

If they are claiming someone is pulling his strings, maybe it's the other way around. Is someone pulling their strings? Is that the reason they are so mad at him?

Roger Payne


Northern aggression will be ruin of America

I just finished reading the editorial regarding the proposed Confederate statue. Your editorial indicates that you do not have a thorough understanding of the causes of the war. This is understandable because the victor of the war writes the history. Perhaps all that you have ever previously read and studied in school or college is the politically correct Northern propaganda justifying conquest of the South and claiming that slavery was the cause of the war.

Author Charles Dickens, the author of A Christmas Carol, stated in 1862 "The Northern onslaught upon slavery is no more than a specious humbug designed to conceal its desire for economic control of the Southern states."

Slavery was already a dying institution before the war. Your opinions that a Southern victory would have made America dependent upon Europe or Asia are pure speculation and conjecture — not fact. I could make a serious case that Southern victory would have made America a more moral and stronger nation. Due to Northern aggression, America had sown the seeds of ruin — the same seeds that sprouted to destroy the Roman Empire 1600 years ago. Excessive immigration, multiculturalism and destruction of family values stand ready to destroy America. In the end, future historians will recognize that the South was right. Northern victory and the resulting deconstruction of Christianity and establishment of Socialism have set America up for ultimate destruction.

Decatur needs a Confederate statue but does not need a statue honoring the Northern spoilers.

James W. King

Albany, Ga.

Lincoln to blame for Civil War bloodshed

You may think the Southern position was morally wrong, but I don't. Your first sentence is proof that you do not understand the philosophy of The War Between the States. Slavery was not the issue. It was thrown in to "sweeten the pot" for Mr. Lincoln and to disguise his real motives. Actually, slavery was on its way out before the war began.

How many slave ships flew the Southern flag?

How many slave ships flew Old Glory?

I am, indeed, an American and do not harbor malice. I am sorry for the bloodshed that resulted in the war of brothers against brothers and fathers against sons. That, in itself, is sad. But Mr. Lincoln bears the guilt. All we wanted was to be left alone. The South had no interest in conquest of Northern properties. The South had no designs on Washington, D.C.

I say let Confederates be honored by a monument that recognizes loyalty to their cause. And what was the "cause" for which they fought and died? It was to preserve the right of self-government that was promised each state when it entered the Union. Each state entered the Union with assurance that secession was a right. States' rights, if you please.

I was a little sickened by your term "our side." That doesn't seem proper since you have switched sides.

J.R. Wright


We love hearing 'Merry Christmas' THE DECATUR DAILY:

It seems that many corporations with whom Christians spend our money are encouraging their employees to greet customers with "Happy Holidays" rather than with "Merry Christmas." It seems that they are encouraging their employees to greet us with this generic greeting so as not to offend those who do not celebrate Christmas.

Do they not realize that the majority of the customers who are in their stores are spending money for Christmas gifts? Millions upon millions of dollars are spent in this country for Christmas gifts! Do they not realize that we love hearing "Merry Christmas?" Do they not realize that we are the majority?

Do you remember that some of these same people voted to take prayer out of our schools, and want "In God We Trust" taken off our money and "under God" removed from our Pledge of Allegiance?

For too many years, I have heard too many people say if we as Christians had taken a stand and fought the prayer-in-schools issue, perhaps it would not have been taken from us.

I suppose I am not politically correct. In a few days, I will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who was born into this world in a manger, who was crucified and who rose from the grave three days later. He rose from that grave declaring victory over hell so that I could enjoy life everlasting in a glorious place called heaven, even though I deserve to go to a devil's hell. He paid a debt that he did not owe, because I owed a debt I could not pay.

Please don't be offended when I say "Merry Christmas" or "God bless you." Be offended by those who don't. The United States of America was founded on everything Christian but on nothing atheistic.

Carol M. Hardin


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