Trouble's Long, Jagged Shadow
The Confederacy (also called the Confederate States of America, the Confederate States, and the C.S.A.) was a government set up in 1861 by 11 Southern slave states of the Union that had declared their secession from the U.S. The U.S. government (The Union) rejected secession as illegal, and, after its army was fired upon at the Battle of Fort Sumter, used military action to defeat the C.S.A. The leading Confederate General Robert E Lee successfully stopped repeated Union attempts to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia.
After nearly twenty years, this young hot-blooded nation finally knows peace. Though the long Civil war has had many lulls with no major battles, there has never before been a day in the CSA’s history on which it was not at war. Unfortunately, this may only be a brief respite. Even as the last echoes of gunfire fade across the Mason-Dixon Line, hawks in both the North and South urge new hostilities.
Northerners frequently refer to Southerners as Rebels, Rebs, Johnny Reb, Graybacks, and Butternuts.