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Mr. Mercanto

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  1. Oh, and thanks for shutting one of his posts down. I don't really indulge him anymore, but it was refreshing to see another voice telling him how silly his arguments are.
  2. Basically 1st Vermont barged into the forum last year to spread a bunch of Neo-Confederate nonsense using methods that were focused tested to be as pedantic as possible. I put him down...a lot; and he became a bit obssessed with me. It was weird, it was hilarious, and all of us except 1st Vermont learned a lot . Eventually @Koro just banned him, closing out the epic saga. One of the results was this thread. I wanted to create a thread where people could ask (mostly) serious questions about the war, and those of us who with the knowledge could share our answers, or ask one another follow up
  3. This is a solid question, though if you dig into this forum I've answered it a few times. I don't mind answering again, but it'll be the abridged version ;). Basically the question that caused secession was the extension of slavery to new Western States. The slave states feared that restriction of this extension would lead to the economic collapse of slavery (and it was indeed meant to). Pro-slavery partisans argued that the Federal government must protect the property rights of each State citizen based upon the state laws of their origins. Erego, if a slave owner brought their sl
  4. While I suppose that plagiarism is the norm at the University of Secession Bias (or USB for short), we usually tend to give a warning, then a suspension or a failing grade. I think 1st Vermon-err "Hannibalbarca" deserves both.
  5. Hi Corporal Bridge. I'm sorry to be responding so late, I kind of took a break from this forum. Some excellent scholars on the Civil War, focusing on individual experiences... Drew Giplin Faust, Ried Mitchell, Chandra Manning, and Victoria Bynum are great scholars to start with. Manning and Mitchell have wonderful work on soldering and motivation of service "What this Cruel War was Over" (Manning, 2007); "Civil War Soldiers" (Mitchell, 1988). Bynum and Faust have done great work on the homefront. Bynum specializes in work that focuses on the Antebellum and Southern resistance to the
  6. Mark Grimsly's "Hard Hand of War" would take some pretty serious issues with this interpretation. Using census records, Grimsly actually proves that Sherman directed the severity of his campaign against wealthy slave owners and public property, with non-slave owning poor let alone or attacked very little. I also need a citation for this rape statistic, since last I checked there were actually relatively low.At least, rape cases officially recorded. Rape in the Civil War has been heavily re-examined in recent historioraphy, so it is quite possible that this is incorrect, however I
  7. Just to elaborate, that pivotal moment was when the Alabamian brigade of Joseph Wilcox was about to break through the Federal line on Cemetery Ridge. This was the attack essayed by Major General Anderson, following the near success of McClaw's division and the charge of Barksdale. eight companies of the 1st Minnesota, numbering approximately 268 men, were protecting an artillery battery (Biglow's?) and they were the last reserves available to Hancock until reinforcement arrived. As this attack commenced, Ambrose "Rans" Wright's brigade was cresting the Cemetery Hill, and if supported by Mahone
  8. Its a portrait of the 1st Minnesota at Gettysburg. It is therefore the best portrait. This is why everyone picks it. Veteran 1st ftw.
  9. I'm really excited about this update. I think everyone is going to love it!
  10. I now get the joke. I'll be adding it to the USB for future reference. I tip my Union Kepi to you, sir.
  11. I did. Still can't figure out what was wrong with my response, do I just deleted it, since I really can't be bothered to figure out what the problem was.
  12. This thread is really lighting up again! I must say I'm rather proud to have created a thread that simply refuses to die
  13. Perhaps they are, though I personally do not feel they have committed this error. At least not Blight, I am not as familiar with Goodwin since I generally don't read biographical history. Some might say that the great movers and shakers of history always expect to much of their fellows. Not to be too philosophical, but I think human kind only strives forward when it expects to much, or at least a good deal, of itself. So you might say I'm a believer in high expectations.
  14. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the improved AI With Love, The Beta Testers.
  15. Again, I agree with that assessment. However, we must also remember that Grant began to have a falling out with many of these generals (most notably Sherman) over such political issues during his Presidency. Furthermore, we must separate General Grant from president Grant. Elizabeth R. Varron has gone to pains to explore Grant's political transformation into a Radical in her new book Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War.
  16. I meant counterfactuals with respect to the possibilit of Reconstruction being a "Golden Opportunity." I should have been clearer on that. There is nothing here I disagree with, which is why I think we are at cross purposes. We are both saying essentially saying the same the points, but drawing slightly different conclusions. My point is that such voices for equality did exist, but were clearly in the minority by the end of the Grant administration. I think we can agree on that, yes?
  17. I have read The Union War as I believe I mentioned. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have not read The Confederate War yet, but its on my list.
  18. I think that somewhat ignores the 5 years of relative racial equality enforced between 1868 and 1873. I also think we are debatin counterfactuals, and at cross purposes. I would caution against concluding that political defeat means political non-existence. Many Americans did want race reform. The existence of leading intellectuals like Frederick Douglass and Wendell Philips make this rather impossible to ignore, unless we decide that men such as them and their followers ceased to exist in 1865. Obviously, this side lost, and the Liberal Republicans and their Conservative Republican all
  19. Again, I would agree that many were motivated by vengenance, but not all. That also does not erase the possibility for radical reform, only the motivation to maintain it. Anyway, while I could talk about this all day (and for all my life for that matter), I will be late for work. Can we resume this discussion this evening
  20. I agree with that, though as I said, I use the word "traitor" because in the 19th Century, Rebels were viewed contemporaryily and legally as traitors. It underscores my point that at the close of Reconstruction, America valued men that were openly acknowledged in Congress as traitors over black men who struggled for the Union.
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