- Jul 2011
I have said yes, but with qualifications. The only chance was at the very beginning of hostilities. Early Confederate victories may have given a nasty shock to Washington and led to a negotiated peace with either recognition of the Confederacy as a separate nation or more likely reunification with most southern demands met. As this did not happen the only other slim chance was recognition by Britain or other European powers followed by military aid. In practice this was never going to happen.