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Thread #55326 Message #861360
Posted By: mack/misophist
08-Jan-03 - 12:55 AM
Thread Name: Review: Unique Civil War Biography
Subject: RE: Review: Unique Civil War Biography
Why the South lost the War Between the States. Sometimes I think that's the only thing we studied in history. The North had the men; tens of thousands or Irish and German immegrants. Most of the Germans had already had basic military training at home. The North had the industry. The South had a LOT of small factories but the North had a lot of big ones. The South had about 3 or 4 times as much railway laid as most people think but it was in about 10 different gauges; long haul transport was a lost cause. A story: The South kept regiments intact, even though there were only a few men left in them. When the Yankees fired into the Southern troops at Appomattox, many did so with tears in their eyes because the mass of banners made it clear that this was the corpse of a once great army. Although the Southern cause was clearly wrong, it may have been the last honourable war the world will see. How many young Iraqui colonels will seek to parley with an American general for advice on their proper military duties. Never again.