Civil War Missed Opportunities

There is a lot of talk these days about the Confederacy…..especially the monuments to the “heroes” of the American Civil War….but this post in NOT about those stone monuments…..but rather the missed opportunities that could have lead to a quicker conclusion of the war.

WHAT IF THE South had marched on Washington D.C. in 1861 after the First Battle of Bull Run? Suppose General George McClellan had been bolder during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Picture General George Meade pursuing and destroying Robert E. Lee’s army once and for all after Gettysburg. Could any of these scenarios have led to an early conclusion to the U.S. Civil War?

Debates about how the bloody four-year conflict might have ended had one commander or another moved with greater haste, boldness, or discernment have raged for year

In fact, some of the war’s finest scholars, and more than a few ‘armchair historians’ as well, have explored all manner of ‘what if’ scenarios. And playing these sorts of guessing games carries risks – anyone bold enough to hypothesize is often greeted with scorn, derision and ridicule. After all, Civil War buffs are a passionate breed!

Nevertheless – and grasping full well the firestorm such speculation often ignites among aficionados of the period – I will offer up a few speculations of my own, stipulating as I do, that they are my own humble opinions, and nothing more.

Missed Opportunities – Four Battles That Might Have Ended the U.S. Civil War Long Before 1865

I still think that the South would have lost the war no matter what….they just did not have the industrial base for a prolonged conflict.

In full disclosure….my maternal grandmother’s name was Elizabeth Mae Davis…and according to the family tales and sagas she was related to Jefferson Davis.

I know there are many that like the study of the American Civil war….of which I am not one…..and if they have any thoughts on missed opportunities….please feel free to share….

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7 thoughts on “Civil War Missed Opportunities

  1. If the South had continued into DC after Bull Run, I am sure the North would have had to settle on ‘terms’. Their army was badly led, and full of inexperienced troops. My own feeling is that Beauregard and the other Confederate commanders actually didn’t want to completely destroy the Union, and hoped for some kind of amicable truce. Their failure to act then cost so many lives, and a legacy of grief.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. Thanks for the link, though I knew about him of course. The Confederacy made a huge mistake appointing Lee. Beauregard and Longstreet could have probably won the war for the South before 1863, and the catastrophe at Gettysburg. Lee is idolized, but was actually a poor general in the field. He was too sentimental, and had considerable guilt about being a ‘rebel’.

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