I am as many would say a War of Northern Aggression nut. (There was nothing 'Civil' about that war. I have been following the 150th Anniversary events since 2011, and this week brings us to the two most decisive victories of the war.
Gettysburg in the East with over 51,000 casualties between the two armies and the Fall of Vicksburg with over 19,000 between the two.
Bringing July 1-2-3 & 4 as some of the bloodiest days in US history.
With Lee's defeat at Gettysburg, his army stopped it's northern campaign and went back across the potomac and dug in to fight a more defensive campaign for the remaining 2 years of the War of Northern Agression.
The July 4th Surrender of Vicksburg and the July 9th surrender of Port Hudson, LA cut the southern supply lines in the south, west and central portions of the south, severely hampering any effort and material from reaching southern troops.
Twas a long and bloody war, Good men and boys were lost on both sides of the conflict. Take a moment to think about the Battle of Gettysburg and all those who fell.
....don't think the enslaved in the south would quite see it your way!!
Maybe. The enslaved in the North might see it that way, though, since even by the time of the Battle of Gettysburg, none of the legislatures of the Union's six slave-holding states had yet prohibited the practice of slavery. ;)
Considering that there were slave states fighting for the preservation of the Union, it seems more like the war was about a difference of opinion over the right to secede, as opposed to the right to own slaves, even if slavery was what first triggered the secession debate.