In his Feb. 4 column, Ross Nelson wrote "the great Robert E. Lee and others didn't fight to defend slavery, but to defend their homes from invaders."

This is an old lie. The Confederacy seceded to maintain and extend slavery. Documents from the seceding states show that this was the reason. Lee was a traitor and supporter of slavery.

Lee and Erwin Rommel were brilliant generals. Both men used their great gifts in the service of slave empires. Lee fought for the Confederacy. Rommel fought for Nazi Germany. In his second inaugural address, our greatest president Abraham Lincoln said "One eighth of the whole population were colored slaves, not distributed generally over the Union, but localized in the Southern part of it. These slaves constituted a peculiar and powerful interest. All knew that this interest was, somehow, the cause of the war. To strengthen, perpetuate and extend this interest was the object for which the insurgents would rend the Union, even by war; while the government claimed no rights to do more than to restrict the territorial enlargement of it."

Summers lives in Fargo.

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