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It hardly matters, since even if such a thing happened, Washington DC was crammed with troops and surrounded by forts, Grant had just taken Vicksburg and the entire army there and Rosecrans was driving Bragg into Georgia. So there would have been plenty of good news coming in, and no need to comply with such a letter. And the chance of a 'destroying the ...


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The Confederacy was fighting to become an independent nation. Although we call it the "Civil War," the term may cause confusion, sometimes. The Confederacy started a campaign to attack the North to force it to surrender, but it was not attempting to conquer and take over the North. It wanted the North to surrender and allow it to accept it's secession. The ...


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The most persuasive answer to this that I have read recently can be found in "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America" by Colin Woodard. It has been a few years since I read it, but if I remember correctly, he posits that different cultural patterns that were set in the first few generations of settlement got ...



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