understanding some of these pressures helps to remove the plug and play narrative associated with the outbreak of hostilities by demonstrating a more nuanced perspective of those competing interests. The commonly asserted notions that arise from propaganda and policy during the Civil War have obscured the tremendous amount of work that really was, in very many ways, a credit to the American system of governance. From a layman’s perspective, one could become convinced that the finely tuned apparatus of civil government, refined though it was, was simply unable to deal effectively with so large an issue that affected so many. Perhaps every shift in economic aged holds a potential consequence, an upheaval so great, that war is the possible consequence