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 Posted: Thu Apr 7th, 2011 03:01 pm
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Natty, that is applying a late 20th century term to the mid-nineteenth century and it is completely anachronistic. You must seek to understand people in the context of their times or not at all. For two years the Federal high command sought to coax the people of the south back into the Union. They were under the misguided impression that secessionism was only the product of a few influential politicians. When that didn't work, they began to target the industrial base of the south. The industrial base and emotional base of a society has (until VERY recent times) been seen as a legitimate military target during a total war (think of the Dresden and Tokyo bombings during WWII). So, I would not call it terrorism, I would call it what they did: Hard war.


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