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Offline Stumpfoot

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CIVIL WAR TERRORISM
« on: December 07, 2006, 04:54:54 PM »
I just watched a program on the history channel about terrorist acts during the civil war, including bio-terrorism. They describe a doctor named Luke Blackburn who tried to spread Yellow fever in the north and among union troops by distributing infected clothes, of course at that time they didn't know yellow fever was not contagious but was spread through mosquito's. He was captured, but at the end of the war was released and was hailed as a hero and eventually went on to become governor of Kentucky.

They talked about plots to kill Lincoln and Jefferson. One which was carried out one day before Lee surrendered. The two men were captured on their way to blow up the white house.

Another interesting case was the one about the Sultana, a Mississippi steamboat that was blown up on April 26, 1865. There were over 2400 people on board, 1800 died. It was considered the worst act of terrorism on American soil until 9-11. The sad thing is, is that most of the passengers were soldiers who had been liberated from Andersonville and were on their way home.

They also talked at length as to wether Shermans March to the sea was an act of terrorism or war. the general beleif of those interviewed was that it was not, as most of the murder/rape/pillaging was done on an individual basis and not advocated by Sherman or his lieutenants.
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Re: CIVIL WAR TERRORISM
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2006, 02:33:17 PM »
 :mrgreen: wow, this is something that I did not even know about. It seems wierd that this sort of terrorism was happening.

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Re: CIVIL WAR TERRORISM
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2006, 03:53:53 PM »
Welcome aboard greenstar91!  You might do a Google of Sue Monday, William Quantrill, John Moseby, John Hunt Morgan, and Nathan Bedford Forrest.  The Confederacy employed unconventional guerrilla forces in mutliple theaters and some of their forces weren't even recognized by the Richmond government. :)

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Re: CIVIL WAR TERRORISM
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2006, 04:44:56 PM »
Thats true. Quantrill and Bloody Bill Anderson were among those. It seems most of the 'fringe groups' not recognized by Richmond were in Missouri, One I didn't mention from the show was an attack on a little town in Vermont from a force of Confederates stationed on Canada. The plan was to rob the banks and burn the town. They did rob the banks (got away with the modern day equivalent of 2.5 million) but they did not burn the town.

Also they mentioned inciters during the New York draft riots of 1863.
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Re: CIVIL WAR TERRORISM
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2006, 12:53:39 PM »
Why would they include rioters in a "terrorism" program?  I suppose that anarchists might be a form of terrorist, but only vaguely.  While they might both share a common interest in bringing down a government, I think they differ in other regards.  Of course this begs the question of how to define terrorism....sounds like a good thread that I should start.
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Re: CIVIL WAR TERRORISM
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2006, 05:23:21 PM »
Not only did they help incite the riots (though the New Yorkers did OK on their own) But they had planned to start fires in various locations around the city using Greek fire. (Which did not work because it needed oxygen and the conspirators closed all windows and doors and the fires when out.)
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2007, 09:46:55 PM »
I can't think of much worse acts of terror than those on the Kansas/ Missouri border(Altho Sheridan sending smallpox infected blackets to the Indians later on might qualify)

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« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2007, 10:31:00 PM »
Yes Quantrill and bloody bill were some of Americas first terrorists.
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