I’ll focus on the battle itself later in this post. But, you know what makes the biggest impression on me when thinking about the Civil War? I’m sure this isn’t a unique thought, in fact, the question has been asked over and over again since our nation’s founding. How in the world could we say “all men are created equal” with millions in bondage in plantations across the South? Furthermore, couldn’t that issue have been addressed without the deaths of 600,000 soldiers? The period of time from the founding of our nation to the Civil War is shameful for that very reason, from Bloody Kansas, to Harper’s Ferry to the Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court. Could this not be address without the shedding of blood?