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When the Civil War is over: then what?

Updated on December 4, 2012

The Most Complicated Civil War: The American Civil War.


The ongoing American Cold Civil War

When the Civil War is over: then what?

Nobody ever told Americans that the American Civil War was over. Federal troops poured into the South, during the Civil War, raping it, and winning the war. The federal government then supervised a reconstruction period, (from 1867 to 1877), with the intentions of reorganizing the Southern states which had seceded from the Union, but the reconstruction process was incomplete and unsuccessful.

I say this because I have studied this problem from the days of my childhood, even when I was in high school during the latter years of the Segregation era, from 1961 to 1965, it obvious to me that our country was still fighting the U.S. Civil War. Even a child, being raised on the farm, in the Deep South, could sense from the tension and hate that still existed within that context, was proof that the war had never ended.

Of course, we are describing the existence of a “Cold War,” as opposed to a “shooting war.” The shooting war started at Fort Sumter, a fort in Charleston harbor, South Carolina, (on April 12, 1861), as we all know, and the shooting war ended in 1865. However, before 1861 a cold war was being fought up until the shooting started, and likewise, after the shooting war had ended in 1865, once again, the cold war continued, and continues to be fought, even up until now, and including the present moment.

It is necessary for me to elaborate upon this theory of the “ongoing U.S. “Cold” Civil War in order to give readers an understanding of the “basis,” or foundation upon which my theory rests. It was President Abraham Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, who proclaimed, “We are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” We are still in the process of testing whether or not we can “long endure,” because we are still fighting a great civil war, even though it is a Cold War and not a shooting one. Likewise, we must acknowledge, and honor the time when the Cold War lets up. For example, when we are contemplating great disasters, or situations that results in great harm to Americans or extreme damage to American cities, we tend to “come together, work together or behave in an exceptionally “civilized” manner. It is unfair to say, and even untrue to say, that all Americans are caught up in this Civil Warfare mentality. But it is very unfortunate that too many of the really powerful lawmakers and other powerful leaders in our country are still fighting the Cold Civil War.

It is beautiful to see what happens when events like the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, the Hurricane Katrina of August 29, 2005, or the present disaster up the East coast of America, “the tropical cyclone, that attacked us on a “Full Moon,” called Hurricane Sandy,” occurs, and how it, for just a moment, causes us to disengage our Cold Civil War hostilities. It is beautiful to see, to listen, and to feel, “fellow Americans,” sons and daughters of “greatness,” sing “Songs of Sympathy” together, as they did during a telethon presented by NBC called “Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together.” Why, we can come together at time of great distress and trauma, as a nation, as a people. Lo and Behold! For a moment, President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address “rings true,” “Four score and seven years ago our fathers (and mothers) brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men (and women) are created equal.” Thank God!

Allow me to elaborate, briefly, before closing this discourse, upon the concept of “Cold War,” to be sure that we all know what a cold war is. As used in this discourse, and as used in my research as I studied “war,” and in particular “Cold “Civil” War,” cold war is a general term that describes a state of conflict between two “forces,” or between two groups of people, that does not involve direct military action. Usually, instead of direct military action (or shooting and killing each other), the cold war is pursued primarily through economic and political actions. Opponents in a cold war will often “stockpile” ammo, guns (and other weapons), food, water and other materials necessary to engage in, and sustain, a shooting war. As a matter of fact I know that there are families in the South, not only the families of Klan-men, who are actively preparing (in physical, mental and in spiritual ways) for the impending battle, a shooting war, that they anticipate will occur in the very near future.

It is interesting that there are people living in the United States of America who believe that “War that is very fierce and very hot ends either with death or peace, whereas a cold war neither brings peace nor confers honor on those who wage it.” In other words, there are those who believe that this cold civil war that we are fighting is a waste of precious time. They believe that this is a time for our country to “do battle,” and begin the shooting and killing.


The title of this discourse is “When the Civil War is over: then what?

The “then what?” is the question that we shall take into the future. President Abraham Lincoln insinuated, in the closing sentences of his Gettysburg Address that “the unfinished work” of resolving the root cause of the conflict that caused the Civil War in the first place, rests with us (that is, with you and me),

when he said, “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Okay, I have writer a discourse that is twice as long as I usually write for a Hubpages article. Some of you who read this discourse will be unhappy with me, or angry with my line of thinking, forgetting that a good researcher writes only what she or he sees.

During the last U.S. shooting Civil War, brothers, “who had the same mothers and fathers” fought on opposing sides of the battles and killed each other because they believed in different principles of government “strongly.” Dear friends fought on opposing sides of the war and killed each other while standing up for what they believed to be “truth in principles.”

Therefore, even now, I do not expect for all relatives of mine or friends of mine to agree with what I believe and write about “strongly.” It is okay to disagree with me. I am just a man writing about my research and what I believe to be true. I am by no means “God!”

As we go our way, Peace.

Dr. Haddox


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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this hub. Yes there are people on the far left and on the far right. But in all honesty most people are average everyday people. There is a judge who thinks re-electing Obama will cause a civil war. I think he is an idiot. At this day in time, we have things they did not have in Lincolns time. The internet, television, many other things.

      No, re-electing Obama will not cause a civil war. Politicians or other people may think that, but the average citizen is not that stupid.