Why Did the Confederacy Lose?

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  1. KenH

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    And that happened because of bad reffing:laugh:

    I would like to suggest it a combination of several items.

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    :laugh:

    How about it was ordained by God for them to lose :saint:
     
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    Ah, come on! That's WAY too obvious!
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    1) They were outnumbered two to one.
    2) The blockade of their ports, reduced the supplies of munitions, food and other necessary supplies Which brought them to the brink of starvation.
    3) Failure to gain foreign recognition.

    Overall, they just could not match the wealth, manufacturing strength, and population of the North.
     
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    Trick question...the South didn't lose and Gen. Lee never surrendered. Grant and his thugs stole Gen. Lee's sword and being a good southern gentleman he thought it was best not to ask for it back!
     
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    Overheard somewhere along the Rebel lines during the Battle of Vicksburg

    "THE POOR YANKEES HAVE US SURROUNDED!!!!!"
     
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    It ain't over yet!!!!...................;)
     
    #10 Brother Bob, Oct 16, 2007
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    My favorite bumper sticker:

    Yankees 1
    Confederates 0
    (Halftime)
     
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    :laugh: reminds me of Burt Reynolds in one of his movies. about to get into a fight, he counts 1, 2,3,4,5, 6,7...that's unfair there's only 7 of you to three of us !
     
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    I think the civil war will come to an end when the SEC finally crushes the Big 10 once and for all! :laugh:
     
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    There is going to be a "call to arms" SOON!!!
     
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    When Did the Confederacy Lose? I thought we won. We got their leader didn't we? :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    Serious question? Mostly because Lincoln initiated a draft, and was literally drafting immigrants right off the boats, with a promise of meals, board and lodging. Lincoln made it an issue over slavery, but that was NOT what the South was fighting for, and the Stars and Bars are about Southern heritage, NOT racial seperation. The South had twice the body count of the Union forces, but was still overwhelmed by sheer numbers and industrial advances of the North. Lincoln was not the beloved hero of peace as history books would lead you to believe, but trashed the Bill of Rights to become a tyrant. Hmm...sounds familiar, doesn't it?

    love,

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    One vote NO for Lincoln... :laugh:
     
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    Maybe the South really did win the war. Here is my theory. Scientists believe that the Earths Magnetic poles switch on a regular basis (on avg. every 200,000 years) If we go along with this then what happens to North and South when that happens?

    If the North Pole becomes the South Pole then North of the Mason Dixon line becomes South of the Mason Dixon line and the South has now won the War.

    Bill :)
     
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    One of the most interesting options that I have read about that I think may have turned the tide was the proposal to free and arm southern slaves. Here is a link to a book on the subject:

    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3723/is_200606/ai_n17176995

    From the review:
    Freeing and arming slaves would have given the south the manpower it needed and taken the North's 'holy cause' away from them. It may have prompted international recognition and aid and changed the outcome of the war. The problem of equiping and training these new regiments would have been great and integration into existing units may have been difficult although some units like Gen Bedford Forrest's were integrated.

    What if? I guess we will never know.
     
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    The Confederacy, in fact, was the first to institute a draft in 1862. In North and South, the draft was notoriously inefficient in raising armies, except perhaps as a means of spurring enlistment.

    For example, David Ellison, studying the 1864 draft in Wisconsin, found that "A draft therefore took place on September 19, 1864 resulting in 17,534 draftees. Again, efforts to secure these men proved to be futile. Only 2,494 were conscripted, 954 hired substitutes, 6,724 were discharged, 7,367 failed to report, and 4 men paid the $300 commutation fee."

    The North did benefit from large numbers of enlistments from Irish immigrants, who found Army life not measurably worse than their previous conditions and an opportunity to strike at the type of social structure they hated in the British Empire. (They also attempted to invade Canada, but that's another story."


    You say po-tay-toes, I say po-tah-toes. Virtually every institution in the South was so bound up with slavery in one way or another that to eliminate slavery would tear apart the social structure and, indeed, the Confederacy's reason for being. (You can read the secession resolutions of the Southern states to determine what they thought the issue was.)


    Not sure what you meant by that. The first part is incorrect;t he second is correct.
     

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