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The actual trigger point wasn't a Senate Majority (which was given up in 1850), but rather a more general sense of increasing "containment" by the South. Early in the life of the country, the slave/free balance remained even because there was land suitable for both to expand. 1848 and the War with Mexico added some land, but this land had no slaves and ...


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A number of factors gave the South some chance to win the Civil War. But there are several caveats. The South was fighting a "defensive" war on their home ground. But key to their defense were "border" states like Kentucky and Missouri. When these states tilted north, the South was "outflanked." Had they joined the South, it would have had natural defensive ...


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The center of gravity was the will of the Northern populace. Civil War armies were nearly indestructible in any one battle without gross incompetence on the part of the commander. The South had 2 good chances to win: Send a large mobile column comprised of cavalry and mounted infantry north to rob banks, sack towns, and sabotage railroads and ...



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