Slavery is the one true way of life. Our fathers before us and their fathers and their fathers before them all owned slaves, and there is no reason we should stop that now. I hate the Union, trying to tell us how to live our lives. It disgusts me more than hardtack. The confederacy has just as much of a right to secede as the 13 colonies did when they declared their independence from Great Britain. Those abolitionists are crazy if they think we will just give up our way of life. Slaves shouldn't have rights - they have never been free, and they don't deserve freedom anyway because they're not even really a real person. This war is stupid, and it's all because those there southerners are trying to tell us how to live our lives. I can't stand it.