How the South Could Have Won


Reading Rick Boswell’s recommendation of MacKinlay Kantor’s book If the South Had Won the Civil War reminds me that there is a current book out by Bevin Alexander, How the South Could Have Won the Civil War.

I actually have a copy of the latter book but haven’t yet read it, so don’t know if his conjecture is suitably sympathetic to the South. His subtitle is "The Fatal Errors That Led to Confederate Defeat."

Secession would have been a natural division of a young country whose regions were not in harmony from the beginning, and as both North and South had grown and matured, in 1860 it was time for each to forge its own country. Had Lincoln allowed this to occur, I believe other regions would have confederated later in the West, allowing each to govern by addressing its peculiar problems and population. Surely they would have entered treaties with each other for common defense, trade issues, etc. The United States of today is so big as to be almost ungovernable, and routinely runs roughshod over what’s left of individual State sovereignty. If made up of smaller countries loosely tied together by treaty, it would not be overbearing and imperialistic today, and probably would not have entered the World Wars.

Betty Zeitz
Shelby, AL