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What side would you have joined?

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  1. TWade

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    What side would you have fought for and why?
     
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    Morality was common in the South before the war and the South was right. We would have won had we stayed in our own territory and defended it.

    God bless diXie and Deo vindice! [​IMG]
     
  3. rsr

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    I find it impossible to answer such a question because I live here and now, not there and then. I'm sure we know what we think today, but that's no guarantee we would have felt the same way if we were faced with the situation at the time.
     
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    I agree rsr, but still I would like to think I would have jumped across the Mason Dickson and fought for General Lee an Stonewall. Two great military men!

    Has anyone watched the movies, Gods and Generals and Gettysburg? I live not to far from Gettysburg and have toured the battlefield.

    I've also had the pleasure of shooting some period type replica enfield rifles and the cap n ball revolvers.

    Seems crazy now to think of those men marching into an almost solid wall of hot lead to meet their death or dismemberment or to have to face the crude surgery in the field. Gives me chills.
     
  5. KenH

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    I would have fought for the Confederate States of America. In 1861 that would have been my country and it was invaded by the Yankees. I would have defended my country.

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    Like Stephen, it is impossible to know. I think it would be very likely the Southern side, not because they were right, but would find it exceedingly difficult to take up arms against friend and family. I had nine ancestors who served in the Confederate Army, and know there was a broad spectrum of opinion then about the politics of the day, but in the end none of them could take up arms against friend and family.
     
  7. rsr

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    And, Ken, what if you weren't living in the South at the time? What if you'd been a Yankee?
     
  8. KenH

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    I can't really answer that since I was born and have always lived in the South. I have only a Confederate perspective on the issue of the War for Southern Independence.
     
  9. Salty

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    Yankee by birth
    Southern by Choice [​IMG]
     
  10. rsr

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    Well, then, Ken, you can't really answer the OP.
     
  11. TWade

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    Though MD was loyal to the Union, I think I would have joined with the Confederates in the war.

    What do you think it would have been like today if the South prevailed?

    Dixie
     
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    C.S.A.!
     
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    I think the defeat of the Confederacy marked the begining of the loose interpretation of the Constitution and the death of States rights. We are moving closer to the UNITED STATE OF AMERICA. The USA would probably have moved more quicker to the socialist Big Government ideas without the Southern states right influence. I think both the GOP and the present day Democrat party show the fruits of the Big government ideas of Lincoln. If the South won, the CSA would have been able to peacefully end slavery as every other society did and hopefully have a Jefffersonian Republic. I could imagine that while in the North the Big Government parties of the GOP and the Democrats turned the USA into a Socialist republic IN the South the Constitution Party and the Libertarian party would battle for control of Confederate congress and Presidency.

    Well, Just a few thoughts! [​IMG]
     
  14. KenH

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    Why not? I told which side I would have fought for and why I would have. You're not making sense to me.
     
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    My father was born in Nebraska, my mother was born in Virginia. I have been a history buff ever since the first time I visited the Northern VA battlefields. I would have joined the CSA and would have been honored to serve under Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson.

    My father and I have had many debates over the cause of the War for Southern Independence.
     
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    Cuz him be a yankee! :D
     
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    Ken, you cannot know because you're here and not there. I could have been born either a Yankee, a Border Stater, a Californian or a Rebel. That would go a long way toward deciding my answer.

    My point is that you can't answer with definitiveness unless you know where you might have been at the time.
     
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    Confederate Memorial Day is a day set aside in the South to pay tribute to those who served with the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. It is observed on April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; on May 10 in North Carolina and South Carolina; on May 30 in Virginia; and on June 3 in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee.

    Regardless of when you recognize Confederate Memorial Day, you can find some great southern history information at the following Web site:

    http://www.knowsouthernhistory.net/
     
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    Here is some related news to this topic:

    The last known living widow of a Civil War veteran suffered a heart attack and is unable to talk, her caretaker said Thursday.

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    Well, that's where I knew we were heading: Denial of slavery as the major factor in the war. Read the secession debates; there's no doubt.
     

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