Re: To Purge This Land With Blood, by Stephen B. O
I have had this argument thrown at me several times, not recognized, as if this somehow justifies Lincolns war on the south at the cost of some 550,000 lives. If this was the case, why is it only the United States that decided they needed to go to war because the CSA was not recognized? Why were Germany, Spain, Russia or other nations not fighting to get a piece of this new unclaimed unrecognized land?
I would think that by the very exchange agreement of POWs early in the war that Lincoln was recognizing the CSA, by proposing surrender terms and taking parole oaths Lincoln recognized the CSA. Other nations had trade with the CSA flying the Confederate flag, not the United States flag and France and England both meet with representatives of the CSA. That is recognition enough I would think.