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How the South Might Have Won ‘Lincoln’s War’


How the South Might Have Won ‘Lincoln’s War’

Pat Shannan

If the south had won its war for independence, as the United States did some 80 years earlier, the world might today be a much better place for all of us—Northerners and Southerners, white and black alike, believe it or not. The author shows how it could rather easily have happened, had the Southern leaders adopted better strategies: more aggressive at the outset, or more defensive later on. In this article, Mississippian Pat Shannan examines the strategies that might have brought the Confederacy victory and analyzes those that failed.

Reams of volumes have been written over the past century and a half on America’s great “Civil War,” a misnomer from the beginning, because if there is anything scholars from all sides will agree on, it is that the four-year bloody conflagration never met the definition of “civil war.” To qualify as a “civil war,” one faction of the citizenry must attempt to overthrow the existing government and establish its own. That this was not the case was obvious from the very beginning. [Read the entire article as PDF…]

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