Tuesday, October 23, 2012
OK, the deep South seceeded...now what?
After Lincoln's election and the initial period of secession, the United States entered into a period of limbo where it was not yet known whether they would fight one another, and if so--how long that war would be. Your readings demonstrate the chaotic nature of this period.
So the question is, which side was more ready to fight at the beginning of war? Consider military preparedness/training/leadership, number of recruits, foreign alliances, etc. How do the New York City draft riots paint a more diverse picture of the North?