Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Commentary:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbWhile the American Civil War was not a foreign war, it was of special significance to our nation. Foreign countries, notably Britain, were interested in supporting the Confederate States of America since it was a rich source of cotton and tobacco for Britain’s industrial machine. The Civil War ended up being the bloodiest wars in which our country has fought. It often pitted brother against brother or father against son; loyalties within families were often split.

Using naval blockades of ports, scorched-earth tactics, and the industrial strength of the Union, the General Robert E. Lee was forced to surrender in Appomattox Court House in 1865. General Ulysses S. Grant showed the courtesy of a gentleman and brother to the defeated soldiers. He provided them an honorable process. The nation had to be healed and revenge was not the path to reconciliation.

Dead Union soldier civil war

While the end of the war resulted in the assassination of President Lincoln, the formation of the KKK, and, in the west, marauding bands of ex-confederate soldiers, our country grew back together. It is too bad that the factions within our Congress and many state legislatures, such as California’s, will not take the lesson of the Civil War to hart — we are all Americans and we must get along with one another! Perhaps it’s not too late to see the reconciliation of the conservative Republicans and the liberal Democrats. Our country needs an operational set of government institutions, not ones dominated by ideology to the exclusion of progress.

So it is time, once again, to get on with our exploration of the key events leading us into Civil War. After all, it was this war that first led to the honoring of our fallen sons on the field of battle… GLB

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Quotations Related to Veterans Day:

    

“If the Confederacy falls, there should be written on its tombstone: Died of a Theory.”
— Jefferson Davis

“Gen. Grant habitually wears an expression as if he had determined to drive his head through a brick wall and was about to do it.”
— A Union Soldier

“…arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction.”
— Abraham Lincoln

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