sunkist asked:

What did Abe Lincoln have to do with the North’s win being inevitable in the civil war? and how could one counter or retort this in a debate who is arguing that the South could’ve won the war?


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Well, for one thing he issued the Emancipation Proclamation which made the war a moral one for the North. Whrn he did that one thing-Europe took notice and would not support the South.

February 17th, 2010 at 11:47 am
B. Nash

Yes, Britain, for instance, was not about to support the South because it had outlawed slavery itself before the USA.

February 17th, 2010 at 11:50 am

Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but the North’s win was never inevitable. The South would’ve and could’ve won the war if not for some small, key errors, none of which had to do with Abraham Lincoln. In fact, the only real contribution to the War the Lincoln made was the emancipation proclamation. Even still, this was just a political move on his part, a desperate attempt to alienate European countries from the Confederate cause.

February 23rd, 2010 at 11:54 pm
The Fred

This is kind of a trick question …

but to answer, he did 2 things.

1) Emancipation Proclamation virtually guaranteed that France and England would not support the CSA.

2) He put US Grant in command. Once Grant was in command, it became a war of attrition and it was just a matter of time before the CSA was overwhelmed.

February 25th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Lee’s invasion of Pennsylvania was a turning point in the war. Many in Washington and throughout the North were clamoring for peace before the entire war was lost and Washington captured.

Pickett’s Charge, as it came to be known, was Lee’s greatest folly, and as the men of General George Pickett’s division walked slowly across the 3/4 mile of empty fields, the hopes of the Confederacy marched with them. Only 5,000 ever made it back to the Confederate lines, and Lee was forced to turn and flee.

From Shmoop

February 26th, 2010 at 6:31 am

he did lots of stuff

May 8th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

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