border states in the civil war

Jun 2006
340
Kentucky
What role did the border states play in the Civil War?

The Border states in the Union comprised West Virginia (which broke away from Virginia and became a separate state), and four of the five northernmost slave states (Maryland, Delaware, Missouri, and Kentucky).

How would the war have played out had Kentucky and Missouri and West Virginia initially joined the Confederacy? Would that have given them enough troops to overpower the Union?
 

MrStoff1989

Historum Emeritas
Aug 2006
844
Tennessee
I believe that had Kentucky and the other border states joined the confederacy, we may have had the same results, there just would have been more ground to cover. Even if the south could have taken an offensive, they still probably wouldn't have lasted very long. Supplies were dwindling and troops were dying day after day. Had we not lost Stonewall Jackson, we may have won, but other factors would have led to our demise.
 

Lord_Cronus

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,047
Georgia
One of the things I always found interesting was the fact that New York was threatening to leave the Union if South Carolina was denied the right. Albeit they may not have joined the Confederacy, that still would have made for an interesting scenario.
 
Jul 2006
173
Vancouver Washington
One of the things I always found interesting was the fact that New York was threatening to leave the Union if South Carolina was denied the right. Albeit they may not have joined the Confederacy, that still would have made for an interesting scenario.
Well New York City threatened to become a free city because a great deal of southern cotton was exported and processed in NYC. So it was just NYC not the whole state. But the whole of NY succeding would make a great Tutledove book. LOL
 
Sep 2006
648
Topeka, Kansas
Didn't President Lincoln himself acknowledge the importance of the border states by not freeing the slaves in these states in the Emancipation Proclamation?
 
Jul 2006
173
Vancouver Washington
On the flip side the mountain areas of Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Virginia were very important to the Union because of there pro Union sentiment.
 

Lord_Cronus

Historum Emeritas
Jun 2006
1,047
Georgia
Didn't President Lincoln himself acknowledge the importance of the border states by not freeing the slaves in these states in the Emancipation Proclamation?
In looking at the true purpose of the proclemation was, it was meerly and political tool and held no actual power. Ultimately it freed nobody.
 
Feb 2007
538
Ohio
What role did the border states play in the Civil War?

The Border states in the Union comprised West Virginia (which broke away from Virginia and became a separate state), and four of the five northernmost slave states (Maryland, Delaware, Missouri, and Kentucky).

How would the war have played out had Kentucky and Missouri and West Virginia initially joined the Confederacy? Would that have given them enough troops to overpower the Union?
The population of the North was 20 million to the South's 10 million. The loss of the border states (Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland) to the South pretty well nigh evens up the population and thereby takes away the North's option to beat Lee & Co. simply by throwing more and more men at him.