- Jan 3, 2019
There's always these posts that try to equate blame and all them are just nauseating. Your assertions that southern newspapers were not much different than northern papers is fundamentally flawed and erroneous to say the least.Most of the sightseers and picnickers were from D C society, coming behind the Federal army. No doubt there were some Confederate partisan civilians watching, but they lived where the battle took place.
Southern newspapers were not much different from Northern ones. They printed what they wanted the readers to see. The only case I know about involving CSA censorship was once Richmond newspapers were asked not to print anything about the bread riots.
Some very zealous Union officers did shut down some Northern newspapers. Occasionally a pro-union paper was stopped in the South. Newspapers in both sections were generally free to print as they wished, often, I think, it was fiction.
Civilians in the south did not remotely have the same comfort level as civilians in the north, and neither did the Confederates have the same luxuries as the northern soldier, and that is a fact. Southern territory was invaded, with the exception of Gettysburg and some minor skirmishes here and there the north was not invaded, that's a fact. The south had a quasi famine or a full-fledged famine and the north didn't, that's a fact.
The northern economy was thriving and south's was in a enormous economic downturn, that's a fact. The south had hyperinflation on its currency, north had some inflation, that's a fact. North had the entire southern perimeter surrounded by land a sea and taking chunks of territory within the southern heartland at will. The desertion rates were high on both sides, but north had replacements and south did not, that's a fact.
The south had all the ingredients for propaganda machine to twist truth and insert fiction. For the record, the Union army and the northern citizens might have been annoyed because of the timetable for things to transpire, but they were not even close to exhaustion. Therefore, severely doubt the propaganda in the northern papers was remotely close to propaganda printed in the south, so your post is just another argument to equate shame and another Civil War fantasy post.