The threshold of Civil War

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Antebellum Stafford

The threshold of Civil War

In 1860, America, Virginia, and Stafford County stood on the threshold of civil war.

For 30 years America’s political leaders – fully recognizing the potential of such a disaster – made compromise after compromise and accommodation after accommodation.

The political dominance of the idealist “Transcendental Generation” (those born between 1792 to 1821) brought an inability to see other points of view or compromise on principles.

The rising reactive “Gilded Generation” (those born between 1822 and 1842) would bear the greatest burdens of the war with their blood and fortunes.