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What was the Confederate strategy in the Civil War?

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Their strategy was to use devotion to a cause in their favor. The South would defend their own soil to the very last man or boy, while the North had to rely on soldiers following orders. Lincoln eventually made the fight about slavery to give their soldiers a common cause (even though according to the CSA vice president, Alexander Stephens, the fight was always about maintaining Southern Culture, with slavery being of utmost prominence), and that proved successful. The other strategy was to get Great Britain to throw their support behind the South, and to do that the CSA armies had to show they could hurt the North militarily. Their defeat at the Battle of Gettysburg and in the Siege of Vicksburg dashed any hope of getting that support.

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Would a North loss and a South victory only have postponed our current civil rights gains, or would it have eliminated them altogether?
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@Noveltman: I read one book which addressed that revision of history, and the author's claim would have been that there would have been no civil rights struggles, because support for slavery was waning and blacks would have organically been accepted as equals. However, when I read CSA VP Stephens' "Cornerstone Address" on the occasion of the ratification of the new CSA Constitution (the cornerstone he defines is the institution of slavery), it is my opinion that white superiority was so ingrained in Southern culture, that it would have taken even longer to enact civil rights legislation without the strong abolitionist North to press for those changes. Read Stephens' address and see what you think: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1861stephens.asp
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I just cannot see statements such as "the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and moral condition..." lasting. How can anyone but the MOST ignorant among us continue to agree with that bigoted view? How DARE he bring up Galileo... This sickened me.
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That address is what I think of every time I see someone displaying the Stars and Bars. To me that flag is just as heinous as the swastika.
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They are all over where I live. Shocking, in Washington State, but it's not like we're anywhere near Seattle.
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to wait the war out until the North ran out of either patience or resources. they did this because the "Yankees" had to conquer the south and did not have the option to do the same.

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It was a delaying strategy in hopes that eventually Europe would side with them and force a resolution. Cotton was king back then, the equivalent of oil today, and European textile industries were developed around imported US cotton. It was working for awhile, riots broke out across England and France and their politicians were feeling the pressure, it seemed only a matter of time. But that all came crashing down in 1863 when Lincoln declared emancipation for the slaves. This turned it from an economic question for the Europeans into a moral one, and they couldn't side with the South after that.

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Good analysis, star!
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It also helped that the North was gifted with the worlds first "modern" general William Tecumseh Sherman. His drive of wholesale waste across the South was key to victory.

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