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 Posted: Sun Oct 24th, 2010 10:39 pm
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150thjourney wrote: after reading scamp i will now say my favorite part is the way people think lincoln was like stalin or hitler or pol pot,i woundnt censor those remarks-who cares if people want to believe all that-
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 Posted: Sun Dec 12th, 2010 05:40 pm
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Very hard to nail it down to one. But the valor shown by the North in assaulting the Stonewall at Fredricksburg amazes me. Stepping over their wounded and dying comrades in the process of advancing. Going right into the teeth of that Rebel fire and trying to hold on until they got reinforcements is amazing.



 Posted: Mon Dec 13th, 2010 02:46 pm
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Favorite "part" of the CW?  Its complexity.



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 Posted: Tue Dec 14th, 2010 01:46 am
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For me, I like reading Confederat first person accounts.....The viewpoint of the common soldier.

Any reenactor who has "gone through the window" feels 1/100 of what those guys really lived......I like studying that and getting that feeling, though I can never acheive it completely, thank God......



 Posted: Mon Jan 3rd, 2011 02:28 am
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Since you indicated a "what-if" could be considered as an answer to you query, I would have to say "What if Jackson had not been fatally wounded that night in the woods around Chancellorsville and had remained in charge of his corps at Gettysburg.  What if Lee had given him the same directive as Ewell...that if practicable...Culps hill should be taken...?  Is there any doubt that Jackson would have reacted much differently than Dick Ewell?  What if Jacksons corps had taken the hill and rolled down Cemetery Ridge thereby gaining the "good" ground and forcing yet another assault by Union forces against Confederates holding the high ground.....What If!!!

 



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My 'favorite" part is the technology gains made during the war. It's facinating to see what some of the solutions were to the problems encountered. While Rube Goldberg would have been proud of some of the attempts, given the expanding knowledge base of the day it's amazing at what was accopmlished.
The Civil War saw many technological firsts, armored warships, an air war of sorts, rail transportation, multi firing weapons, and the first operationaly successful submarine are only a few advances that are noteworthy.
Medical care was improved with new techniques and equipment, as well as communications. The list is long, and it's this area that on the whole that I find most interesting.
Sure I enjoy unit histories, individual action accounts and the like, but overall for me it's the technology.

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I remember this as a good question when it was first posted and as there have been new folks to join since it was last active I'm gonna bring it back up. Yeah, I know folks can search through the threads and find it if they want, but I was looking through old threads recently and was reminded about a comment on how folks sometimes notice a thread more when it's on th CWI front page as one of the active threads.



 Posted: Fri Jun 8th, 2012 03:53 pm
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my favorites have evolved through the combat and the generals and the poitics to currently 'how freedom came' to the previously slave-holding areas.

as the union occupies various parts of the south, obvously the economy has to keep going but without previous means.

the rise of 'free' labor in the occupied south is as diverse a story as the people helping create it...



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I find everything related to the United States Colored Troops most fascinating.

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My favorite would be a Battle-Antietam. I always wondered if Lee finally decided it was all over before A.P. Hill showed up.



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Tuff Question!
There are so many interesting facets to the war.
Since I have referred to it repeatedly over the years, I guess I would say the Southern Corps Commanders perspective of the war: strategies, troop movement and placements, Independent commands, etc.



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I'm probably closer to Hellcat and Ole, in that I'm not sure I can pin down any one thing. It's a bit like asking me why I became interested in the war to begin with. I know the "when" and "where," but the "why" is more elusive for some reason. Same thing here. I've been drawn to different aspects of the war at different times, and there doesn't seem to be any set pattern.

One thing that might come the closest though, and maybe tie everything together, is the incredible uncertainty about it all. Things only happened in one way, but the different possibilities beforehand can sometimes take your breath away. As can realizing just how unlikely the *actual* outcome was, in many cases. Or at least, how unlikely it seemed to be ahead of time.

A lot like real life. ;)

Perry



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