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 Posted: Thu Jun 16th, 2011 04:28 pm
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Is ‘the gray book’ the name of the book?

Grant is addressing the recourse of the opposition in the south. The pro-union sentiment in the mountains is a good example. While the war continues, they can look to the US for sustenance and protection.

If the south wins independence then the US has no legal or political basis to intervene on their behalf. Diplomatic pressure could be brought to bear (as by any country) but the CSA would be a ‘real’ country and it’s laws and boundaries ‘respected’.

The quotation by Grant speaks nothing of his opinion of the *viability* of the Confederate nation.

One hopes there is a difference between a real quotation, such as I provided, and a non-existent one, as you did.

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