Nothing could be worse than the liars who have upturned by one method or another plans on turning America into a better more caring country, so I was wondering if things would have been worse now with a Confederate victory in the ACW.It nearly happened.
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in the rebellious Confederate states. The proclamation marked a major transformation in the North's reason for fighting the Civil War. The war's first two years witnessed a string of Confederate battlefield victories and a growing realization throughout the northern states that the original war aim of preserving the Union had to be broadened to encompass the destruction of the racial slavery upon which the South's fortunes rested. By summer 1863, the Union army, which had been entirely white when the war started, began recruiting African-American soldiers, who would soon be fighting and dying to defend the Union and to destroy the institution of slavery.
Though Union forces would ultimately prevail at Gettysburg, driving the Confederate army back into the South, tensions remained high in New York City, largely as a result of the imminent enforcement by the federal government of the National Conscription Act. Passed in March 1863, the act made all single men aged twenty to forty-five and married men up to thirty-five subject to a draft lottery. In addition, the act allowed drafted men to avoid conscription entirely by supplying someone to take their place or to pay the government a three hundred-dollar exemption fee. Not surprisingly, only the wealthy could afford to buy their way out of the draft.While the battle of Gettysburg is often referred to as the turning point in the Civil War, its true significance lies in the fact that it was the first battle where the Union Army pursued the Confederate Army in hopes of forcing a second engagement. A second battle was fought from July 13th thru the 16th, eight days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee retreated from Gettysburg. Nearly two thousand men were killed or wounded in the second battle at Williamsport, Maryland. Regiments from throughout Western New York took part in both engagements. One of the most famous was Rochester’s 140th New York Volunteer Infantry who saved the day at Gettysburg by occupying Little Round Top on the second day. The Rochester Regiment’s valor under the leadership of Colonel Patrick O’Rourke is legendary and preserved the Union Army on that critical day of fighting in 1863. The 140th Regiment, along with hundreds of other re-enactors, will be on hand to recreate the first day’s battle, when Union Army Elements under General John Reynolds battled a Confederate Infantry division lead by General Henry Heth through the streets of Gettysburg. will be filled with streaming troops, the popcorn crackle of musketry and the booming of artillery as re-enactors bring history to life. The epoch battle is one of the most studied events in military history