The loss of general thomas stonewall jackson is widely known, but lee's concerns went much deeper than the loss of his best general and friend - lee realized that he had lost an opportunity to permanently cripple the union army and potentially end the war. Whether or not you agree with the confederacy or with the justness of its cause, there's no way that you can question the idealism and the courage, the bravery, the dedication, the devotion of its soldiers — that they believed what they were fighting for was right. Nonetheless, he believes that removing confederate statues and memorials, often erected several decades after the civil war is a way to reject a history of lost cause glorification of the. The civil rights movement is often called the second civil war because it was only then that african americans gained real political, social, and economic power - power that had been given to them after the war via the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments, but which jim crow laws had denied. Confederate soldiers captured after the battle of gettysburg, july 1863 (library of congress) examining some issues of civil war strategy there is an old story, probably apocryphal, about a.
Home forums war of the rebellion forums civil war history - general discussion welcome to the civilwartalk , a forum for questions and discussions about the american civil war become a member today for full access to all of our resources, it's fast, simple, and absolutely free. The confederate states of america (also called the confederacy, the confederate states, and the csa) was an unrecognized state set up from 1861 to 1865 by eleven southern slave states of the united states of america that had declared their secession from the us. Confederate states of america, also called confederacy, in the american civil war, the government of 11 southern states that seceded from the union in 1860-61, carrying on all the affairs of a separate government and conducting a major war until defeated in the spring of 1865. While it was the most significant surrender to take place during the civil war, gen robert e lee, the confederacy's most respected commander, surrendered only his army of northern virginia to union gen ulysses s grant.
The confederacy was created at the start of the american civil war in 1860, when abraham lincoln won the election, the southern states began seceding from the union they decided to create a confederacy and thus having an organization by which to make decisions the strength of the confederate army. _why the south lost the civil war_ was hailed as a classic at its first appearance in 1986, and it continues to remain a useful survey of the civil war and an exploration of the reasons for the confederacy's defeat. The south lost the civil war because of a number of factors first, it was inherently weaker in the various essentials to win a military victory than the north the north had a population of more than twenty-two million people to the south's nine-and-a-half million, of whom three-and-a-half million were slaves. Problems in south after civil war 1the land was in ruins 2confederate money was worthless 3banks were runied 4no law or authority 5the souths transportation system was in complete disorder 6loss of enslaved workers,worth two billion dollars 7government at all levels, had dissapeared.
Because southerners were more greatly affected by the war and had a need to rationalize its origins and results, southern-oriented historians dominated civil war historiography for the first century after the war. The lost cause of the confederacy, or simply the lost cause, is an ideological movement that describes the confederate cause as a heroic one against great odds despite its defeat the ideology endorses the supposed virtues of the antebellum south , viewing the american civil war as an honorable struggle for the southern way of life  while. By march 1865, it was obvious to all but the most die-hard confederates that the south was going to lose the war whether that loss was inevitable is an unanswerable question, but considering various what if scenarios has long been a popular exercise among historians, novelists and civil war buffs. Union general george g meade led an army of about 90,000 men to victory against general robert e lee's confederate army of about 75,000 is the war's most famous battle because of its large size, high cost in lives, location in a northern state, and for president abraham lincoln's gettysburg address. Along with the defeat of robert e lee's army at gettysburg a day earlier, the confederate surrender of vicksburg on july 4, 1863 would turn the tide of the civil war the union campaign against.
It began with self-justifying memoirs by defeated confederate leaders and was picked up by war-weary veterans on both sides who wanted to move on in the devastated south, writers and historians kindled comforting stories of noble cavaliers, brilliant generals and happy slaves, all faithful to a glorious lost cause. Thus, in the cold war, the only way to stop one side from blowing the other up was the doctrine of mutual assured destruction in which neither party wanted to start a nuclear war because it knew that it could not defend against the atomic bombs of its opponent. This lecture probes the reasons for confederate defeat and union victory professor blight begins with an elucidation of the loss-of-will thesis, which suggests that it was a lack of conviction on the home front that assured confederate defeat, before offering another of other popular explanations. How the north won the american civil war alan farmer | published in history review issue 52 september 2005 on 10 april 1865, general robert e lee, having just surrendered to general grant at appomattox, wrote a farewell address to his soldiers.
For instance, drew gilpin faust has argued that the confederacy lost because southern women turned against the war this is true, but it begs a more important question: why did they turn against it the reason is that the military tide was turning against the confederacy. The american civil war (1861-65) was one of the most bitter civil wars in history nearly 7 lakhs people lost their lives the civil war, however, was not fought over the issue of slavery it was fought because the southern states had left the union, ie, on the issue of secession. When the confederacy was formed and its seceding states broke from the union, it was at once confronted with the arduous task of providing its citizens with a mail delivery system, and, in the midst of the american civil war, the newly formed confederacy created and established the confederate post office.