Both of these were very difficult. The Confederacy was on the defensive on all fronts early on. Attempts to invade Maryland, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Tennessee all ended badly.It's best chance was to strike the USA early. And gain some kind of foreign support.
The idea that the Confederacy possessed better generals is one of the great myths of the Civil War. Virtually all of the trained officers from Union states and about 40% of the officers from the Confederate states fought for the Union. Once you take a real look at Robert E Lee, or at war as a whole, it's clear that the CSA military record was largely one of failure. CSA attempts to invade Union territory, from Gettysburg to Glorietta Pass, always ended in failure. Even in an era that favored the defense, the Union successfully took and held an area about the size of modern Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Poland. Lee was arguably the Confederacy's best, yet his track record on offense was poor and he was beaten by Rosecrans and Meade, who are generally considered second-string Union generals. When they weren't fighting Lee, men generally considered among the worst Union commanders - Burnside, Pope, Hooker, Pleasanton, and Butler - had a record of repeated success against the Confederates.Can someone expand on military leadership being superior in the North? I was always under the impression the South had the most seasoned combat generals.
I agree. I think that the myth exists largely due to Lost Causers' glorification of Lee.The idea that the Confederacy possessed better generals is one of the great myths of the Civil War.
The United States. It wasn't called slavery anymore, it was called convict leasing, but it sure sounds like slavery in practice. The last states appear to have formally ended it around 1930.I defy you to name a First World country with legal slavery in the 20th century. A first world country, not some Second/Third World Country in the Middle East.
I consider it unlikely that the Confederacy would last until 2019,, since it was founded on the idea that any state could leave at any time for any reason. I see an independent Confederacy as far less uniform than most people. The Border South had a higher number of free blacks than the rest of the South. One reason was they had more manufacturing. Slaves were heavily used in Southern manufacturing, but the owners soon found that paying a small wage drastically reduced the amount of tools, machinery, and product that was "accidentally" broken by the slaves. In some cases, these slaves were able to save enough to eventually buy their freedom. Slaves in the Border South also had a much shorter distance to escape to freedom than slaves in the Deep South. This led to a few masters offering freedom to their slaves after a set number of years in return for a promise not to escape. Other Border South slaveowners just sold their slaves to the Deep South to avoid any risk if them running away.If the Confederacy had won the Civil War, what do you think that the chances are that the Confederacy would still have the institution of legal slavery in 2019?
Cuba's been under an embargo for over 50 years. North Korea's been under economic sanctions for over 60. Industrial slavery might be less profitable than agricultural slavery, but it was more profitable than freeing the slaves. And the slaves were also kept slaves for social reasons that had nothing to do with economics. Segregation did not end because most Southern whites had humanitarian concerns about the status of blacks, so I am highly doubtful that enough white Confederates would have enough humanitarian concrens about the slaves that they would end slavery.This international censure/ostracism/trade embargoes/boycotts, combined with the fact that slavery was far less profitable in non-agricultural jobs and with humanitarian concerns among white Confederate citizens, likely would have led to the abolition of slavery.
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