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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

May 17, 1862

Harper’s Weekly Exhibited Mistaken Thinking from Both Sides

This week’s edition of Harper’s Weekly exhibited two mistakes made during the Civil War era - one from each side. An editorial entitled “The King is Dead” showed the Southern mistake of believing “King Cotton” would lead to foreign intervention in the war. In a separate editorial the war was referred to as a “waning rebellion” - a significant mistake in Northern thinking, as the war would continue for another three bloody years.