The Civil War was not started over slavery, and consideration of the "government freeing slaves" was a moot point till near the end of the war.
The Confederate flag is an honorable flag flown by honorable citizen soldiers, many of whom died for the rights of Southern citizens.
At the start of the civil war, there were more slaves in New York City than there were in all the Confederate states added together.
Slaves up north kept the factories going, and when President Lincoln stated that he planned to free the slaves when the North won the war, half the Northern soldiers left the fight and returned home.
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