My family knows it as the War of Northern Aggresion. According to what's been passed down through generations is that my ancestor was badly wounded in Northern Virginia in an engagement with Federal cavalry in 1864. He died of his wounds at home almost a year to the day later.
SHOOTER13, you might find this interesting. There were two heirlooms passed down from 1864 by my Confederate ancestor. One was a pocket watch supposedly taken from a Federal soldier, the other is a Colts 1860 Army .44 revolver. The watch was gold and was sold during the Great Depression. The revolver is now owned by my Uncle. He will pass it down to me. It still has two original loads in the cylinder. I call that priceless!
Yes sir...that would fall under " priceless "...!!
As you know...the Colt Model 1860 is a 6 shot muzzle loaded cap and ball percussion revolver chambered in .44 produced between 1860 and 1873 with over 200,000+ pistols manufactured in that time frame.
By April 1861, 2,230 of Colt's earliest production went to dealers south of the Mason-Dixon line. The US Navy ordered 900 fluted cylinder revolvers in May 1861 later issued to ships enforcing the Atlantic and Gulf blockade.
The US Army also ordered in May, 1861 and 127,157 units had been delivered... before a fire on October 5th, 1864 put Colt's factory out of operation for the duration of hostilities.
States Rights ... in regards to the protection of slavery in the South's expansion into the Western Territories was the primary catalyst of the Civil War...arguments which began under then President Buchanan.
When Northern anti-slavery political forces rose up to block it...Declarations of Secession ( secondary catalyst ) greeted president elect Abraham Lincoln ...who had just won the 1860 election... even though he was not on the ballot in ten of the Southern states.
When seven of those ten states... whose economies were all based on cotton seceded...the Confederate States of America were formed... before Lincoln even took office.
Nationalists ( in the North and "Unionists" in the South ) refused to recognize the secessions. The U.S. government refused to relinquish it's forts that were in territory claimed by the Confederacy.
Taxes paid on foreign goods called Tariffs ( third catalyst ) was also an issue. Southerners believed that these tariffs were unfair and aimed toward them because they imported a wider variety of goods compared to the North's imports.
Taxes were also levied on many Southern exports...an expense that was not always applied to Northern goods of equal value; an awkward economic structure allowed states and private transportation companies to accomplish this. Consequently, this affected Southern banks because they found themselves paying higher interest rates on loans made with banks in the North.
The situation grew worse after several "panics", including one in 1857 that affected more Northern banks than Southern banks. Southern financiers found themselves burdened with high payments just to save Northern banks that had suffered financial losses through poor investments.
War began on April 12, 1861 when Confederate forces bombarded Fort Sumter, a major U.S. fortress in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.