I am a huge fan of the era. I have been to many of the Civil War Battle sites. Went as a kid and then took my kids too. My father did reenactments. He has quite a few period pieces including an original Remington Zouave (pronounced zoe - ahv) in pristine condition as well as a number of accoutrements from the 1st Michigan Infantry, 24th Michigan Volunteer Infantry and the 1st, 5th, 6th and 7th Michigan Calvary (General Custer's Brigade).
As a man I have some reservations about President Lincoln. I am registered as a Republican and when ever I hear statements about Republicans are racist it's, well just so hypocritical. It was a Republican that freed the black man from slavery. But as much as that was a part of the Civil War there was more to it than slavery. In fact the root cause was state rights over a centralized large Federal Government power. In this regard I think I wish the Rebels would have prevailed, but God only knows where that may have let this Nation. He was more of a hands on person during the war and did tend to micro manage at times but then would ignore certain incompetent generals in his ranks that let to many unnecessary deaths of the Union Soldiers. On the other hand he would field test rifles, weapons and equipment for adoption for the troops.
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