Question of the Week: 10/24-10/30/16


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In your opinion, what was the most important political event of the war?

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10 Responses to Question of the Week: 10/24-10/30/16

  1. Re-election of Lincoln is up there on my list. I’d also say when Britain and France contemplated and then refused to offer mediation and Confederate recognition in the fall of 1862.

  2. The Lincoln assassination. His survival held hope for true reconciliation. “Reconstruction” became a real disaster, the effects of which we suffer to this day.

  3. The election of Lincoln, both times. After looking at the candidates, I do not think anyone else could have done even part of the job AL did. I also think his assassination was the most tragic death of the war–even more tragic than Ellsworth’s . . . but don’t tell EE.

  4. How about General Lee surrendering at Appomattox rather than ordering his soldiers to scatter and fight guerrilla style.

  5. Lincoln’s election and re-election jumped to mind, but, in an effort to be different, let me suggest a similsr one – the splitting of the Democratic Party into 2 factions. Douglas or Breckenridge (or a different nominee) may have still lost to Lincoln anyway, but the lack of a unified opposition only helped the Republican candidate’s chances.

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