12 Questions for the topic American Civil War
What was middle class family life like in post-civil war Georgia?
I'm researching middle class family life in Georgia immediately after the US Civil war. What was life like for middle class families? What were the common themes/experiences?
What was the effect of the Civil War on the cost of cotton?
Contemporary economics warns us that if you make goods significantly more expensive to produce, the costs will be passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices. So that makes me wonder: what... more
How did the U.S. Government change during the Civil War?
How did the ways of governing change as the southern states seceded? How were the Southern States able to secede and was it illegal?
What reasons did the Confederacy have for believing they would have a quick victory?
At the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, both sides were very confident in a quick and easy victory. I can see why the North would think so: they had a better trained army, better infrastructure... more
Which "Walker" is Thoreau referring to in "A Plea for Captain John Brown"?
“If Walker may be considered the representative of the South, I wish I could say that Brown was the representative of the North. He was a superior man." Who was Walker?
Did the North give the South its debt after Civil War ended?
In discussions with a colleague of mine many years ago, concerning the American Civil War (aka the War Between the States), he mentioned that “... the North left/gave all the [financial] debt to... more
Was John S. Mosby the model/motivation/template for John Carter?
I've always suspected this but have never seen any concrete proof. Was the fictitious Edgar Rice Burroughs character John Carter based on the civil war hero/villain John S. Mosby? Mosby was... more
Post-war indictment of ex-Confederates in the Confederate States of America?
Why was the Confederate president, Jefferson Davis, or any other Confederate soldier, not tried for high treason?
What led to the first fight in the American Civil War?
After Lincoln was elected president, 11 states seceded from the Union to form the Confederate States of America. What circumstances surrounding this secession led to the first battle of the war,... more
Why was it necessary to maintain a balance of power between the Slave and Free states?
As said in the title, why was there a need to maintain the balance of power between the Slave states and Free States by keeping them equal in number, before the American Civil War? Both the Clay... more
Does anyone know if Confederate and Union deserters ever travel together?
It occurred to me that Union and Confederate Soldiers may have met while they were deserting across enemy lines. Is it possible or was it ever know for deserters of both sides to travel together to... more