Re: Terminology - Union vs Federal
It technically was not a Civil War as the Southern States did not try to overtake or overthrow the existing government and occupy the property that they were once a part of. Instead they attempted to create their own country and government. I also have a problem with the term "rebel" as these same people did NOT rebel but rather legally declined their participation and seceded. I prefer the terms Confederate and Federal. There was nothing going on in this period to unite anything. Thus "Union" wouldn't apply. Lincoln and the political machine of the time declared "Martial Law" and invaded those states (legal or not) that were in opposition to staying in a confederation of states that was then known as The United States. Let's admit it....it was about money, resources, and control. All wars are and have always been. Every issue we address in today's political climate are very similar to those issues that were addressed back then. It wasn't about why, when or what. It was about an overwhelming central FEDERAL GOVERNMENT telling cities, counties and states how they would conduct their business. It is just as wrong now as it was then. There will not be a clash of muskets and bayonets and the rumble of artillery as it was in the 1860s. But this "United States" is more divided than ever. And the main "enemy" now, as was then, is an omnipotent Federal Government. Our founding fathers warned against this. And attempted to build a government that did not infringe upon the individual cities, counties, and states. Their plan and some people's need for "parenting" have come to a divide once again. Liberty and freedom will always face adversity like we confront today. As long as some feel the need to control and rule over others.