A July 5 letter to the editor titled “The real motive” could not be more correct.

I would add the following that appears in Douglas Southall Freeman’s trilogy, “Lee’s Lieutenants,” published by Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1943-1944.

It seems a Confederate soldier captured at Chancellorsville in May of 1863 was being interrogated by Yankee officers.

He was a private; his uniform was homespun and a little the worse for wear. One might imagine he had been part of Stonewall Jackson’s flanking maneuver against O.O. Howard’s left flank through thick woods and undergrowth. Every indication was that he was not a man of means.

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had been issued just four months before.

“Why do you fight so hard?” asked the interrogator. “You do not appear to be someone who owns any slaves.”

The Confederate soldier replied clearly and with certainty: “Because you’re here!”

That sums up that fine letter in three words.

Thomas P. Lowndes Jr.

Meeting Street

Charleston