War between the States

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  1. Salty

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    I was wondering: Did the USA Congress actually ever declare war on the Confederate States?

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  2. Rufus_1611

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    There was no formal declaration of war.

    I do not know this for a fact, but I suspect the Union wouldn't have desired to declare war, as that would have been an admission that the CSA was a sovereign nation.
     
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    Correct. Lincoln considered the southern states in rebellion.

    Lincoln originally called up 75,000 troops under the Militia Act of 1792 (as amended in 1795) which specified:


    Congress later ratified Lincoln's actions and authorized other war measures, including "An Act providing for the suppression of rebellion against and resistance to the laws of the United States ... "
     
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    The following statement was overheard in the "Southern Camp" during the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi

    "THE POOR YANKEES HAVE US SURROUNDED!!!!!"
     
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    So much for the silly theory that the Declaration of Independance has any legal significance.
     
  6. Dr. Bob

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    While not wanting to "legitimize" the CSA as a sovereign state, Lincoln actually did by pronouncing a blockade. In international law this is an act of war against another nation.

    Both English and French considered economic and even military aid to the CSA based on this "act of war", even though skirted by Federal politicians.
     

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