Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 months ago

Why is the civil war called that when it wasn't a civil war?


A civil war is a war in which two sides fight for control of the same government. The "civil war" war was not a civil war because the south was not trying to take control of the US government. They were fighting for independence. 

6 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    if it wasnt a civil war then what was it?

  • 8 months ago

    Brian said it - a civil war means between factions in the same nation, as opposed to a war with another country.

  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    Which civil war?


    Seriously which "the" civil war are you asking about, there have been hundreds of civil wars?

  • martin
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    It was a most horrible war. But slavery was a most horrible waste of mankind. It is "civil" because it pitted cousin against cousin, American against America, and many people had second thoughts about the war; even generations later they still do.

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  • Brian
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    The word "civil" refers to an older meaning "of or relating to citizens," and thus civil war is between citizens of the same country. 

  • 8 months ago

    Why is the world war called that when it wasn't a world war?

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