Peace terms in a scenario where the Union quickly wins the American Civil War


Ad Honoris
May 2014
Frankly, this offer on Lincoln's part makes me wonder if it was a bluff--sort of how some people interpret the Stalin Note proposal for German reunification to be a bluff. Maybe Lincoln wanted to reduce soldier enthusiasm in the South by making himself appear generous and by trying to portray the Southern leadership as being the real obstructionists. Anyway, this is merely a guess on my own part.