Re: [civilwarwest] Just how big a threat was French or British intervention a...
- But really, what does this have to do with the Civil War in the West?
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Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] Just how big a threat was French or British
| Tim: I may be thickheaded here, but it seems you made some big leaps. You
| start with a "what if recognition" premise and build with more "what ifs"
| towards an absolute conclusion. I also think you avoided Wakefield's
| essential question centered on the south's internal distribution problem.
| Since I am finding both your premise and logic somewhat muddy, I'll ask some
| clarifying questions. 1.) Would the French or British sitting in the Gulf
| served merely as a blockade or would they have also supplied the Confederacy?
| 2.) If they would have played quartermaster, who would have paid for war
| necessaries coming from Europe? As I understand it the Confederacy didn't
| have much credit with international bankers. 3.) How would the CSA
| distributed these supplies from ship to army camps in both theaters?
| In addition, I always thought that the North imported very little from Europe
| to supply the war effort. 4.) If that's the case, how would a fleet sitting
| in the gulf have impeded northern distribution of rich Midwestern harvests
| and Eastern manufactured goods to New Orleans and elsewhere via the liquid
| river highways and the Great Lakes/Erie Canal system which was in their sole
| control, not to mention an increasingly efficient railroad system? 5.) What
| would the specific adverse affects of world ostracism have been? 6.) What
| indicators do you have that the world would have acted in unison towards the
| American war? 7.) Would Russia, the Netherlands, Austro-Hungary have acted
| in concert with France or England. My guess is that recognition by some of
| the world's nations would have resulted in a diplomatic chess game with new
| alignments playing off of each other. I'd bet that if some or even many
| countries had came out for the South others would have jumped at the
| opportunity to back the North. Connie
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- Never mind it, Carl! Thanks for the heads-up, I'll pick up a copy.
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> oh me of little faith!<BR>
> Addison, I was privately wondering if you were buying into some <BR>
> baloney when you posted this, but apology tendered: there is a picture <BR>
> in today's WASHINGTON TIMES showing a picture of the frigate Osliaba <BR>
> "... visit[ing] Alexandria in 1863 in a symbolic show of support for <BR>
> the U.S. Government." Havent read the article yet but looks pretty <BR>
> --- In civilwarwest@y..., jaaah@t... wrote:<BR>
> > Tsar Alexandre II had his entire Imperial Navy docked at Alexandria <BR>
> Harbor from late 1863 to October 1864. Alex was preparing for war <BR>
> against England or France if 1) either of those two nations went to <BR>
> help the Confederates against the Yanks, the Russian's allies, or 2) <BR>
> if Poland rebelled and attempted to overthrow the Russian overlords. <BR>
> Both England and France would have supported Poland in such an affair, <BR>
> and Russia wanted it's navy to be in a safe, and secret place just in <BR>
> case that ever happened. Of course, none of it ever did come to pass.<BR>
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