The South Shall Rise Again

So far that promise has yet to materialize….but they keep hoping and wishing…..

I live in the South and many of my friends are into the American Civil War……some even play at the war game in re-enactments….but I have found that not many actually have any idea about the history surrounding the war…..

And this is where I offer my usual history lesson……

First, a few simple facts about the American Civil War that every American should know……here are the ten most needed facts……

The South’s attempt to control their future has been called a “Lost Cause”….there are “tenets” that feed this “romantic” look at this War………

The Lost Cause interpretation of the Civil War typically includes the following six assertions:

1. Secession, not slavery, caused the Civil War.

2. African Americans were “faithful slaves,” loyal to their masters and the Confederate cause and unprepared for the responsibilities of freedom.

3. The Confederacy was defeated militarily only because of the Union’s overwhelming advantages in men and resources.4. Confederate soldiers were heroic and saintly

5. The most heroic and saintly of all Confederates, perhaps of all Americans, was Robert E. Lee.

6. Southern women were loyal to the Confederate cause and sanctified by the sacrifice of their loved ones.

Finally there are ten opinions from historians on why the South lost the war……

For the past 130 years Americans have argued over the reasons for the Confederacy’s downfall. Diverse opinions have appeared in hundreds of books, but the numerous possibilities have never adequately been summarized and gathered together in one place. So we decided to ask ten of the country’s most respected Civil War historians: “Why did the South lose the Civil War?” Here (edited for length) are their answers.

There you have your history lesson which is more than most students get in their education……

Learn Stuff!

Class Dismissed!

5 thoughts on “The South Shall Rise Again

  1. As you know, I have a lot of interest in that war, and have my own suggestions as to why they lost. The first and foremost being their failure to fully exploit their successes in the first year of the war, by destroying Washington, then invading deeper into the North at the time when the Federal commanders were weak and disorganised. I have always felt that would have got them an armistice, at the very least.
    Secondly, the Union embarked on the concept of ‘Total War’, led by Sherman and Sheridan, with their. destruction of industry, railroads, plantations, cash crops, food supplies, etc. That signalled the beginning of the end for the South.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. My thoughts are similar…they had 3 occasions that they could have took DC and let them pass……I think if Longstreet had been the supreme commander they would have won the war…..chuq

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