I do not see that as the sinking point JakeO. It was more than one issue. If Stonewall hadn't gotten killed, if they'd had a few more men at Little Round Top, if there were more supplies, medicines and more. If they could have stopped Sherman in his tracks it would have been nice. If Grant had not been given the support he did from Lincoln it may have gone in another direction. I wasn't convinced the CSA may have been the best idea for the problems they thought they had but now, I'm beginning to understand their way of thinking and see where it was worth a shot. Arming the slaves would not have really mattered. It may have shortened the deal, but I can't see how it could have helped. One cannot blame the Cabinet for not doing one thing when there were so many other things that needed to be addressed. The time and money ran out. That's the long and short of it.