View single post by MildMan
 Posted: Sat Jun 23rd, 2012 02:22 am
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Just Testing Ideas

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I agree that firing on Ft Sumpter was a blunder. Sure something was bound to happen sometime, but it was the attack on US soldiers and US property that galvanized the northern citizenry. It was that event that committed ordinary citizens to fight. Better to let the north invade and make the first mistake.

I have read that Ft Sumpter was intended to steer Virginia to secession - so an impetuous act of war was taken to influence politics.

My sense is that the confederacy would have been better off waiting - not only because time would have allowed the them to better prepare but because it would not have created a cause for the north. Let sleeping dogs lie.

Instead confederate leaders believed their own rhetoric.

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