How the South Might Have Won ‘Lincoln’s War’

Pat Shannan. If the south had won its war for independence, as the United States did some 80 years earlier, the world might today be a much better place for all of us—Northerners and Southerners, white and black alike, believe it or not.


The author shows how it could rather easily have happened, had the Southern leaders adopted better strategies: more aggressive at the outset, or more defensive later on. In this article, Mississippian Pat Shannan examines the strategies that might have brought the Confederacy victory and analyzes those that failed. [Read the entire article as PDF…]


Taken from

The Barnes Review, July/August 2010: How the South Could Have Won the Civil War



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