Thursday, April 30, 2009

America Never Fought A Revolutionary War!
And we never a Civil War, either



Maybe this is just the stickler for historical accuracy coming out in me... but America never did fight a revolution. Strictly speaking, a revolution is when an outside faction attempts to gain control of government from the faction in power.

The Colonies never sought to overthrow the King or his parliament. We fought for our independence from them. The French fought a revolution, as did the Russians. But we American didn't. What we fought was a War of Independence.

And a civil war is when one co-equal faction seeks to totally (and on rare occasion, partially) seeks to eliminate another co-equal faction from any power. The English fought a civil war, as did the Spanish.

The Confederacy never tried to conquer the North, just the right to secede from the Union. What we Americans fought was a War of Secession. Or as proper Southerners say: The War of Southern Independence. Or as angry Southerners say: The War of Northern Aggression. Or as South Carolinians (like Mrs. Caveman) say: The War When The North Invaded America.

7 Comments:

Blogger ignorant redneck said...

most excellent!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

I guess it depends on who you ask. I for one am sick of fightin' the Civil War.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

"The War When The North Invaded America."

Perfect.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Subvet said...

As a Yankee I'd say it was "The War of Southern Stupidity."

2:26 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Subvet,
Speaking as someone whose GGGrandfather was a member of the GAR, I'd just like to remind you that the Southern states who de-ratified the constitution did so legally.

The law that made it illegal to secede from the Union did't come about until 4 years after the end of the War of Southern Independance. Or as some say, The War of Nothern Arrogance.

4:12 PM  
Blogger the Mom said...

I've also heard it referred to as the War of Northern Aggression.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Adeodatus49 said...

Robert E. Lee, the good Anglo-Saxon that he was, considered the war to be trial by combat and was willing to live amicably with God's Will regarding the outcome.

Source for the above statement: "The Marble Man: Robert E. Lee and His Image in American Society," by Thomas Lawrence Connelly

9:32 PM  

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