doc, aka Rich Wrote:
Nov 28, 2012 2:42 PM
Consider the alternative future had the confederacy simply not fired on Fort Sumter. Lincoln had expressed no desire to use force, except that firing upon Federal troops could not be taken any other way than as an act of armed insurrection (from the Union perspective). I'd have bet the Union would have eventually re-unified once slavery had economically collapsed of it's own weight.