Stupid Things Rob Baker Says About the Civil War

http://historicstruggle.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/stupid-things-people-say-about-the-civil-war-part-5/Stupid Things People Say About the Civil War: Part 5
Posted on May 12, 2014 by Rob Baker
(Edited for length)

Who fired the first shot isn’t material. Who initiated the aggression is what’s material. The first shot was a response, not the initiating factor. It was, in fact, a response TO aggression that had already been initiated.

I’m assuming said person meant “immaterial” rather than “isn’t material.” Interesting train of logic though. So the first shot does not matter, the acts of aggression matter. How can we call what Anderson did, an act of aggression? He simply moved soldiers from an inferior position to a stronger one. This was actually a maneuver that included the withdrawal of troops from a fort to man a fort already under his command. In doing so, Anderson allowed Confederates to take over that fort. His maneuver was one of defense as Confederate troops established seize positions in and around a Federally owned piece of property. A piece of property he legally refused to surrender after an illegal demand to do so. Despite all that, if aggression is what provoked justifiable response, then the Confederates are guilty. They seized federal installations in and around the South by force of arms deposing United States soldiers as they went. All of this, long before Fort Sumter.

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This is nothing more than spinning history at its finest. Nothing Baker says about Anderson moving is true. First of all Anderson had no orders or no reason to move and was ordered to stay at Sumter. By moving to Sumter Anderson had violated a peace agreement. Second when Doubleday landed at Sumter he took prisoners. Third the Union fired the first shot.

Despite all that, if aggression is what provoked justifiable response, then the Confederates are guilty. They seized federal installations in and around the South by force of arms deposing United States soldiers as they went. All of this, long before Fort Sumter.

Baker if there is any event, other than Sumter, that is recognized, by both the North and South, as the start of the war please post it and sources that say this is where the war started.

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2 thoughts on “Stupid Things Rob Baker Says About the Civil War

  1. By April, since South Carolina had already seceded, Ft. Sumter should have been returned by the U. S. Government. In the interest of peace, South Carolina demonstrated great restraint before it finally was compelled to use force against the hostile occupying force in the Fort. So yes, it was obviously Lincoln and the U.S. that started the war. I just don’t see how it’s possible to argue that the Confederates started the war.

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