Posts Tagged ‘Civil War’

It’s been a long time since we’ve posted a quiz for you to test your knowledge. This is part of a a very easy quiz that I just took today. All Americans should not have any trouble at all answering these questions. Good luck and answers will be given in 3 days as always 🙂 Click here for the answers.

Number the following events in the correct order, using 1 for the event that happened first, 2 for the event that happened next, etc.

___   President Lincoln announced that the United States would use force to bring the rebel states back into the US

___   Confederate forces surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia.

___   President Lincoln officially declared that all slaves in the Confederacy would be free.

___   Seven Southern states, including S. Carolina, Georgia, and Texas, formed the Confederate States of America.

___   Over fifty thousand men were wounded and killed at the Battle of Gettysburg.

___   Confederate soldiers fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

Fill in the blanks:

1.     ________________ was the Confederate general who didn’t approve of slavery but refused to fight against his home state of Virginia.

2.    ________________ became President Lincoln’s general.

3.   President Lincoln’s official announcement that all slaves in the Confederacy would be declared free was known as the __________________________.

4.   During the Civil War, hundreds of towns and cities were burned and destroyed, including ________________.

5.   On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated by ____________________.

6.   The years after the Civil War were known as a time of ____________________.

People have always had slaves, from ancient times until the present. Some of the first people who traded slaves were Africans who realized they could make a lot of money. Then, when English people came to Africa, those traders knew they could make even more money by selling slaves to the white men. People in Africa had slaves, people in England had slaves, people in the Caribbean had slaves, and people the United States had slaves – both the North and the South. We have been hearing about William Wilberforce and his great struggle to put an end to the slave trade and he eventually succeeded after many years and many failures. Interestingly enough, the United States is the only country that had a war to stop it.

In fact, every country that has done away with slavery has done so without a war – except for the United States. The truth is, the Civil War wasn’t about slavery, it was ultimately about money and power (as usual). People say the Civil War was about slavery, but if the United States had only wanted to get rid of slavery, it could have done that without fighting a war just as other countries had done. Abraham Lincoln didn’t think anything about black people. He wanted to ship them all out of the country and worked off and on throughout his life on trying to accomplish just that.

We’ve noticed that the United States is the only country that is ever found guilty of the great crime of slavery. Even though a lot of other countries have had slaves, they aren’t ever considered guilty. Oh – unless they are countries made up of the evil white man. Then perhaps people will include their country with the US as one of the guilty. But if other countries aren’t found guilty for the crime of once upon a time having slavery exist within their borders, then the United States shouldn’t be either. If other races aren’t found guilty for once upon a time holding slaves, then neither should the “white devil”.

And lest someone think we are defending the horrific practice of slavery, we aren’t.

WARNING: If you are a fan of the north or Abraham Lincoln or William Tecumseh Sherman, you probably don’t want to read this.

On a blog called “The Art of Manliness”, there is an article entitled “43 Books About War Every Man Should Read” ( Based on the name of the blog and the name of the article, as well as the blog’s slogan, “Reviving the lost art of manliness”, one might expect to find books about manly men, people whom we can really look up to. Halfway down the page of the blogger’s list, the name of William Tecumseh Sherman appears. Sherman took up two books on the list, more than any other single person; however, it is questionable if Sherman should be on the list at all.

According to the person who put together the list of books, “it is in war that men — individual men — often show the very best of themselves.” Sherman was not a good man if he was showing the very best of himself during that war. He is not someone who should be put on a list of manly men because real men are always good men.

Sherman is not exactly a role model. He waged war on the innocent civilians of the South, stealing food from them and burning down their homes and churches. He ushered in the phenomenon of total war in America; war against the soldiers as well as the civilians of a nation. Sherman personally believed that the civilians of a battling nation should be made to feel the war as much as soldiers did. Not only did he oppress innocent civilians in the South during the War of Northern Aggression, he also apparently thought little of the lives of his own men. Take for example this quote from Sherman, “I begin to regard the death and mangling of a couple of thousand men as a small affair, a kind of morning dash – and it may be well that we become so hardened.” Obviously, that is not a quote from a good person.

Ryan Holiday, the man who compiled the list, calls Sherman “one of the greatest military strategists of all time”, a remark that many would disagree with. Sherman waged war on innocent civilians and burned down many of their buildings and took away their belongings. There is nothing genius about that. It is simply cruel. Also, out of all the books covering the Civil War period, there is no mention of Robert E. Lee, who was without a doubt one of the greatest generals of the war. He was almost always faced with a force superior to his own in numbers as well as in arms and munitions. Despite these odds against him, he was frequently able to do very well against the opposing army and obtain a victory or at least a draw. Also, when he took his army north towards Washington DC, the soldiers were told not to touch the land or the people, a stark contrast to Sherman’s method of total war. Nevertheless, Robert E. Lee is not mentioned but Sherman is given the honor of two books on the list that “every man should read” according to Ryan Holiday. This fact might make one wonder what Holiday considers a military genius. If he thinks hurting innocent people and getting your men killed without giving it a thought is great military strategy, then he should probably not become a military officer. In fact, Holiday stated that he has no intention of joining the military, which is a good thing.

Sherman should not have been placed on this list of books that every man should read. He is not a man to be admired. Perhaps Sherman could be put on a different list of books to read – a list of books explaining how Lincoln won his war against Americans on American soil. One might also wonder if he can trust the rest of the books that Holiday recommends.

by Dink

This being the 150th anniversary of the The War Between the States, (aka the Civil War mostly to northerners and The War of Northern Aggression mostly to Southerners), there have been several reenactments of various battles, most notably, the battle at Gettysburg.

We really cannot understand the purpose of these events. The battle at Gettysburg was a terrible thing. Why would anyone want to reenact that? It doesn’t seem respectful. There was a Pops Concert at Antietam Battlefield (Battle of Sharpsburg) a while ago. Why would anyone do that? Like Gettysburg, Sharpsburg/Antietam was the site of a terrible battle. In both places, thousands of men died. In our opinion, the only thing to do in either of these places is to be sad – to sorrow the loss of so many lives or at least to be quiet.

The War Between the States was a particularly bitter war and when you visit these battlefields where tens of thousands of men died, it makes you feel very serious. We just don’t get why people reenact those battles and feel it is not very respectful to the fallen soldiers, even if the original battles took place 150 years ago. Having a pops concert where the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam to northerners) took place is definitely not the right thing to do in our minds, knowing that so many soldiers died there. When we visited, the whole place felt gruesome and solemn.

by Dink and John