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First I will acknowledge it is difficult to write on this topic neutrally, even 150 years later, as the scar of the Civil War still runs through the country. I'll do my best to remain factual. Did the Southern States make any attempt to secede from the Union, prior to 1861, through an act of Congress? I cannot find any record of a serious attempt, no. ...


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The main reason was that North have four times more white men than South (plus, almost 200 African-american soldiers served in northern army). With rate of volunteers about 50% (theoretical figure), northern army would be four times bigger than southern. So it is why South eventually needed 100% conscription, after the first year of war, to get Southern ...


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No, they did not. If they did, most likely they could get peaceful separation (considering that Corwin Amendment passed Congress even without votes of seven seceding states). Instead, they recalled representatives from Congress, and demanded recognition from presidents (Buchanan and Lincoln), who did not have constitutional power to change state legal ...


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Section 2 specifically refers to the existing militia only (which may not necesssarily have been all volunteer). Militia is a local fighting force. Section 1 refers to all volunteer armed forces. Basically what this means is that if you volunteered for Confederate military service in the war you were committed to 12 months of service. If you were already ...


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McClellan's Peninsula strategy required the Army of the Potomac to execute better than the Confederate Army of Virginia in many ways; something that it was never able to do over the entire course of the war. Advancing on a narrow front with only two small attempts to truly leverage his overwhelming command of the waves, McClellan's advance was repeatedly ...



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