Tall orders, part 3

Series: Random Thoughts | Story 26

When the Civil War began in April 1861, many men – especially those who lived in states where slavery was legal – had a tough choice to make. The issue, of course, was which side they would support.

As we have seen, many soldiers in the states that seceded from the Union fought for the North although the majority joined the southern army. In slave states that did not secede – Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri and Delaware – the majority of soldiers fought for the Union.

Robert E. Lee, the general-in-chief of the southern army for the last three years of the war, famously made the reluctant choice o...


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