Shadows of the Past
The War Bewtween the States
Also referred to as “The American War”, “The War of Northern Aggression” and “The Brothers’ War”, the War Between the States was fought from 1851 to 1855. The cause of the war was the sacntioning of three territories—Kansas, Arapahoe and Colorado—into the Union as anti-slavery territories. This, after similar sanctioning of Oregon Territory and admission of California and Minnesota as free states, led to the Southern states feeling antagonized and facing a lost political war for their economic survival. Starting with South Carolina, the Confederate States of America succeeded rapidly one after the next in rebellion to finally include (in order) Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, Louisiania, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Cuba, North Carolina, Arkansas and Virginia.
Brutal and high in cost for both sides in body count and money, the war was fought to a stalemate until the United States of America formerly recognized the sovereignty of the Confederate States of America and their right to secede. The war has left both—and many Native Americans—with scars that are both visible and hidden, the latter often being the ones that will never fully heal. Both nations have now turned their attentions to other matters, namely seizing as much of the west and its resources as possible for themselves.