What if South had won at Gettysburg?

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  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    July 9, 2013 12:19 a.m.

    Another question might be "What if the North had won the Battle of Gettysburg?" Neither side won to the point that the war was over; it continued. And either side could have won the battle in a decisive manner, had they better communications and trustworthy intelligence.

    I suppose it would all have been moot if the British had won the Revolutionary War, too.

    What if, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Roosevelt had just said "Leave s alone; we want no part of the war"...what then?

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    July 8, 2013 9:32 p.m.

    “The pious preachers of the South would continue to sermonize the superiority of the white race and the biblical justification for one race to rule over another.”

    Thank you for pointing out why slavery lasted for almost two thousand years after Christ.

    As to the alternate outcome, as Shelby Foote so eloquently pointed out, “the North fought the Civil War with one hand tied behind their back.” Had things gone really bad, they would have simply brought out the other hand (think Sherman with two hundred thousand men) and crushed the South.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 9:25 p.m.

    Another important distinction between now and the alternate "what ifs" of a situation where, "The rebels would be free to exploit their slaves without the interference of the industrial North and meddling abolitionists. The pious preachers of the South would continue to sermonize the superiority of the white race and the biblical justification for one race to rule over another." would be a very different and even more polarized political landscape.

    Remember, the vast majority of abolitionists were Republicans, including President Lincoln. Conversely, virtually **all** of the southern slave holders were Democrat. Furthermore, even after the Union victory, that Democrat dominance of the South continued for over 100 years, with most of that time being the infamous Jim Crow era of racial injustice and lynchings that were only a step away from the evils of slavery.

    A fantastic irony considering the overwhelming support by people of African descent for the Democrats today, and something to remember whenever someone of the Democrat party flings charges of racism at their Republican opponents.

    Incidentally, should anyone think this is a partisan observation, I'm neither a Democrat or Republican and have voted for candidates from both parties.

  • Prodicus Provo, UT
    July 8, 2013 8:45 p.m.

    That Gettysburg was "started over sore feet" or "triggered by the want of boots" is a myth, and it's been debunked numerous times but keeps resurfacing. There was no "rumored supply of footwear."

    Of course, when you're preaching the gospel of government-enforced fiscal equality, such inconvenient things as facts and truth may get lost in the pull of the narrative.

    To preempt Gettysburg and the battle for equality before the law as part of an attack on the "1 percent" and an argument for equality of outcomes is a terribly shallow and naive misappropriation of history.