Last edited by Paschendale; 06-15-11 at 01:07 AM.
Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.
First Manassas started on the farm of a freed man named James Robinson. 18% of the blacks living in Prince William County, in 1860, were free blacks, who owned land.I'm honestly surprised they could be freed at all, let alone become full citizens.
"According to U.S. Census data, the 1860 King William County population included 2,589 whites, 416 “free colored” and 5,525 slaves." - King William County, Virginia 1860 slaveholders and 1870 African Americans
A whole 416 people out of 5500.
We should celibrate!
No Lives Matter
Neither. I would have been a draft dodger. The Civil War was a complete waste and simply should never have been fought. It's a gross oversimplification to say things like "the North was fighting to free slaves" or "the South was fighting for states rights." The causes of the war were too numerous and complex to be reduced to one or two major issues. None of the issues were worth the deaths of hundreds of thousands of men on both sides of the conflict, in my opinion. The South would have eventually had to change its plantation-based economic system; it simply was unsustainable. The Southern states should not have broken away from the Union, but the North should not have resorted to force to keep them from seceding.Which side would you have fought for, knowing what you know today?
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.