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 Posted: Wed Jul 18th, 2007 01:13 am
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From a grammatical standpoint the expression "War Between the States" bothers me.  Written that way, it means a war between two states. It should be  the "War Among the States" because so many states were involved. Even some states such as Tennessee and North Carolina had both areas of Unionists as well as areas of Confederate loyalty within the same state. Florida send regiments to both the Union side and the Confederate side.

In such states, one could almost call it the War Within the States. But we really don't need my suggestions for additional variations on the name of the "War of 1861 to 1865. "

For myself I prefer the Civil War because it is simple and easy to remember. But if one thinks about it, many other wars in history have commonly used names that could be argued do not truly reflect the facts of the situation or the combatants.




Last edited on Wed Jul 18th, 2007 01:14 am by CleburneFan

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