Originally Posted by Merlin III
There are two distinct historical subjects when talking about the Civil War. The history of what led to the war and the battles them self. The things that led up to the Civil War starting in 1615, more less, tell quite a story.
Very interesting subject. Thanks for opening up the discussion.
I've also seen some discussion that history of the Civil War can be divided as before the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and after the Emancipation Proclamation. Before the Emancipation Proclamation (including pre-war), the issue was Federalism vs. States Rights. Slavery was a big deal to the abolitionists, but not the professional politicians. IIRC, prior to 1863, Lincoln was OK with allowing slavery in the South as long as the Union remained intact. Lincoln's thinking changed from the Emancipation Proclamation on and eliminating slavery was just as important to him as uniting the country.