Posts Tagged ‘War of Northern Aggression’


Well, now you can see how you did on the quiz that we posted three days ago because here are the answers. 🙂

Just to give you a laugh before you check the answers, our sister heard some college girls talking today and one girl asked, “Is Minneapolis in Chicago?” To which the other girl replied, “I think so…..”.

Number the following events in the correct order, using 1 for the event that happened first, 2 for the event that happened next, etc.

_3_   President Lincoln announced that the United States would use force to bring the rebel states back into the US

_6_   Confederate forces surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia.

_4_   President Lincoln officially declared that all slaves in the Confederacy would be free.

_1_   Seven Southern states, including S. Carolina, Georgia, and Texas, formed the Confederate States of America.

_5_   Over fifty thousand men were wounded and killed at the Battle of Gettysburg.

_2_   Confederate soldiers fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

Fill in the blanks:

1.     _Robert E. Lee_ was the Confederate general who didn’t approve of slavery but refused to fight against his home state of Virginia.

2.    _Ulysses S. Grant_ became President Lincoln’s general.

3.   President Lincoln’s official announcement that all slaves in the Confederacy would be declared free was known as the _Emancipation Proclamation_.

4.   During the Civil War, hundreds of towns and cities were burned and destroyed, including _Richmond, VA and Atlanta, GA_.

5.   On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated by _John Wilkes Booth_.

6.   The years after the Civil War were known as a time of _Reconstruction_.


It’s been a long time since we’ve posted a quiz for you to test your knowledge. This is part of a a very easy quiz that I just took today. All Americans should not have any trouble at all answering these questions. Good luck and answers will be given in 3 days as always 🙂 Click here for the answers.

Number the following events in the correct order, using 1 for the event that happened first, 2 for the event that happened next, etc.

___   President Lincoln announced that the United States would use force to bring the rebel states back into the US

___   Confederate forces surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia.

___   President Lincoln officially declared that all slaves in the Confederacy would be free.

___   Seven Southern states, including S. Carolina, Georgia, and Texas, formed the Confederate States of America.

___   Over fifty thousand men were wounded and killed at the Battle of Gettysburg.

___   Confederate soldiers fired on Fort Sumter in South Carolina.

Fill in the blanks:

1.     ________________ was the Confederate general who didn’t approve of slavery but refused to fight against his home state of Virginia.

2.    ________________ became President Lincoln’s general.

3.   President Lincoln’s official announcement that all slaves in the Confederacy would be declared free was known as the __________________________.

4.   During the Civil War, hundreds of towns and cities were burned and destroyed, including ________________.

5.   On April 14, 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated by ____________________.

6.   The years after the Civil War were known as a time of ____________________.


WARNING: If you are a fan of the north or Abraham Lincoln or William Tecumseh Sherman, you probably don’t want to read this.

On a blog called “The Art of Manliness”, there is an article entitled “43 Books About War Every Man Should Read” (http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/12/02/books-about-war/). Based on the name of the blog and the name of the article, as well as the blog’s slogan, “Reviving the lost art of manliness”, one might expect to find books about manly men, people whom we can really look up to. Halfway down the page of the blogger’s list, the name of William Tecumseh Sherman appears. Sherman took up two books on the list, more than any other single person; however, it is questionable if Sherman should be on the list at all.

According to the person who put together the list of books, “it is in war that men — individual men — often show the very best of themselves.” Sherman was not a good man if he was showing the very best of himself during that war. He is not someone who should be put on a list of manly men because real men are always good men.

Sherman is not exactly a role model. He waged war on the innocent civilians of the South, stealing food from them and burning down their homes and churches. He ushered in the phenomenon of total war in America; war against the soldiers as well as the civilians of a nation. Sherman personally believed that the civilians of a battling nation should be made to feel the war as much as soldiers did. Not only did he oppress innocent civilians in the South during the War of Northern Aggression, he also apparently thought little of the lives of his own men. Take for example this quote from Sherman, “I begin to regard the death and mangling of a couple of thousand men as a small affair, a kind of morning dash – and it may be well that we become so hardened.” Obviously, that is not a quote from a good person.

Ryan Holiday, the man who compiled the list, calls Sherman “one of the greatest military strategists of all time”, a remark that many would disagree with. Sherman waged war on innocent civilians and burned down many of their buildings and took away their belongings. There is nothing genius about that. It is simply cruel. Also, out of all the books covering the Civil War period, there is no mention of Robert E. Lee, who was without a doubt one of the greatest generals of the war. He was almost always faced with a force superior to his own in numbers as well as in arms and munitions. Despite these odds against him, he was frequently able to do very well against the opposing army and obtain a victory or at least a draw. Also, when he took his army north towards Washington DC, the soldiers were told not to touch the land or the people, a stark contrast to Sherman’s method of total war. Nevertheless, Robert E. Lee is not mentioned but Sherman is given the honor of two books on the list that “every man should read” according to Ryan Holiday. This fact might make one wonder what Holiday considers a military genius. If he thinks hurting innocent people and getting your men killed without giving it a thought is great military strategy, then he should probably not become a military officer. In fact, Holiday stated that he has no intention of joining the military, which is a good thing.

Sherman should not have been placed on this list of books that every man should read. He is not a man to be admired. Perhaps Sherman could be put on a different list of books to read – a list of books explaining how Lincoln won his war against Americans on American soil. One might also wonder if he can trust the rest of the books that Holiday recommends.

by Dink


This being the 150th anniversary of the The War Between the States, (aka the Civil War mostly to northerners and The War of Northern Aggression mostly to Southerners), there have been several reenactments of various battles, most notably, the battle at Gettysburg.

We really cannot understand the purpose of these events. The battle at Gettysburg was a terrible thing. Why would anyone want to reenact that? It doesn’t seem respectful. There was a Pops Concert at Antietam Battlefield (Battle of Sharpsburg) a while ago. Why would anyone do that? Like Gettysburg, Sharpsburg/Antietam was the site of a terrible battle. In both places, thousands of men died. In our opinion, the only thing to do in either of these places is to be sad – to sorrow the loss of so many lives or at least to be quiet.

The War Between the States was a particularly bitter war and when you visit these battlefields where tens of thousands of men died, it makes you feel very serious. We just don’t get why people reenact those battles and feel it is not very respectful to the fallen soldiers, even if the original battles took place 150 years ago. Having a pops concert where the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam to northerners) took place is definitely not the right thing to do in our minds, knowing that so many soldiers died there. When we visited, the whole place felt gruesome and solemn.

by Dink and John