No one ever accuse Great Britain with being overly intelligent. There is a Country that celebrates it's defeats more than it's victories. Britain considered the US one of it's greatest enemies almost until the beginning of WWI.
I haven't read all of the posts, and I'm just butting in. But in a sense, the south hasn't lost yet. They have morphed into the democrat party.Why stop at enslaving black people, when we can enslave everyone?This is what we face.They merely changed tactics. The goal is the same.
But they used to be honest about it: "We want those slaves to work for us and keep us rich"!Now it's: "We're doing all this for your own good, or for the children".
What were the tactical errors that contributed to a Southern Defeat?I say Lee's decision to fight an offensive war in the North and the debacle of Gettysburg.Billy
Why would McClellan have sued for peace? More likely he would have gotten credit for "winning" the war when he really didn't deserve it. By the time of the 1864 election, Grant had Lee under siege in Richmond/Petersburg, Sherman was burning Atlanta, and the Union controlled the entire Mississippi. Besides Lincoln - with the Emancipation Proclamation - had pretty much ended the South's chances of receiving recognition from any foreign power. I think Lee's defeating a series of inept commanders in the East, not to mention a series of revisionist Southern writers exalting Lee - as opposed to the "butcher" Grant - often blinds people to how bad the situation of the South was after Gettysburg.
We didn't lose we ran out of bullets. The war was about states rights and not slavery and still we have states right issues and they are getting worse. I hope we don't have to do it all over again.
This is off topic, but I think it's a relevant point. I like Ron Paul but I disagree with his assessment on the civil war that slavery would eventually be abolished. Taking darwinism and the rise of eugenics into account I don't think slavery would have been solved by free abolition by the South. If there was no civil war, religion would not be sufficient to cause abolition of slavery as justification for slavery would have been embraced through darwinism, which is still embraced today even though aspects of darwinism like race realism is tabo/outlawed.