Re: Size of the Confederate Army
- Bob Huddleston writes:
More importantly, any territory that the Yankee Army occupied became
free territory: long before the Emancipation Proclamation, and long
Union leadership recognized it, and long before most of the soldier
realized it, the United States Army carried Freedom in its baggage.
and file quickly learned that blacks were the only friends they had
protecting runaway slaves. Ben Butler started the process with
proclamation, but across the war fronts other Yankees were
protecting slaves and
hiding them from both the local authorities and their own officers.
Thank you Bob
I had begun to think that I had overreached a bit on the Union
furnishing weapons, except when they actually formed bonafied
military units. I have neither heard nor read of the Union
supplying or encouraging ad hoc uprisings.
Your analysis makes it much more clear that the Fabian tactics that
many recommend would not have worked very well. Yes, the South
could conceivably regain lost territory but they could not regain
the slaves that made that land profitable. George Washington was
not presented with this problem.