The American Civil War was a bloody blot on the history of the United States of America. Many historians say that it was fought over the issues of slavery, while many others say that it was fought over states rights, and that slavery was only a part of the bigger picture. Will we ever really know the answer to the question? No matter what the main underlying cause was, the war changed the country forever.
A suppressed group of people had fought the British Empire for their freedom in the 18th Century, which resulted with the establishment of the United States of America. Then some of the same group and their descendants defended their country against the British in the War of 1812. Americans, as they became known, had built the country on the beliefs of personal freedoms, and that no one should force them into a life of governmental control that they did not believe in. It is strange how many in this group could not see that they were forcing a far greater control over other human beings than they (themselves) had ever been subjected to.
With the issues of abolishment of slavery being part of the focus, the South claimed that it was not so much the abolishment of slavery, but of their states rights to decide that issue, as well as other issues. It was a very complex mixture of feelings, and even had many people from both sides rally against the war. It was established in both the Union and Confederate Armies that for a certain amount paid to the respective governments, someone else of less favorable fortunes would take that person’s place in the military, thus causing the phrase, “A Rich Man’s War, and a Poor Man’s Fight,” to be heard on both sides.
The American Civil War is much more complex than most other wars we have been involved in, and much should be said about the soldiers and governments of that period, and of course, the families that were touched by the conflict. In the upcoming articles, we shall attempt to bring out the feelings of the people at that time, and how the war forever changed their lives and places they called home.
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