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21.13.01 White, Howard Ray, Understanding Abe Lincoln’s First Shot Strategy (Inciting Confederates to Fire First at Fort Sumter), published in 2011 and 2014.

Notes Concerning the Author

Howard Ray White (1938 – ____) was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, the son of two school teachers.  He received a degree in chemical engineering at Vanderbilt University and worked in that profession until retiring in 2,000 at age 62.  His main avocation over the past 20 years has been the study of and understanding of American political history with a focus on the politics that produced sectionalism, state secession and what he calls “The Federal Invasion of the Confederacy.”  As White learned our history, especially an understanding of the lives and character of key political leaders, he wrote.  The result was his 4-volume chronological and narrative history, Bloodstains, An Epic History of the Politics that Produced and Sustained the American Civil War and the Political Reconstruction that Followed.  Click below to view this work:

Continuing his work in relating the history of the Southern people, White is presently Director of Operations for the Society of Independent Southern Historians, where non-academics and “independent-minded” academics come together to present our truthful history and preserve the best writings of the past.


Understanding Abe Lincoln’s First Shot Strategy (Inciting Confederates to Fire First at Fort Sumter)  presents, day by day, the amazing and untold history of how Republican President Abe Lincoln and Republican Governors in all of the Northern States –

  • Used a Contrived Fort Sumter Incident to Initiate and Justify
  • Federal Subjugation of Democrat-controlled Border States, and
  • Military Conquest of Democrat-controlled Seceded States.

World history and American history repeatedly teaches that creating a contrived incident is frequently used to justify initiating military aggression — and Lincoln’s contrived “Fort Sumter Incident” is no exception.  And neither was Lyndon Johnson’s contrived “Gulf of Tonkin Incident.”

In the northern States many immigrants, having arrived from Europe over the previous 20 years, were easily deceived by political demagoguery and easily incited to take up arms for a cause they did not understand.  Also in the northern States were men descended from colonists, the political leaders of the region, who were quick to assume an attitude of superiority and quick to demonize the southern States people as an inferior class.  Furthermore, business leaders in the northern states urgently needed high import taxes (tariffs) to allow them to charge high prices for American-made goods — a need that fitted well with increasing the power of the Federal Government, which imposed those taxes.  From this mix arose the belief that Northern States militiamen would quickly defeat the “inferior” Southern States people on the battlefield and at sea, should war erupt.  Such men only needed an incident to begin the conquest.

A retired chemical engineer (Vanderbilt University, 1960), Howard Ray White presents history from a scientifically correct perspective, even when doing so is not today considered “politically correct.”  Furthermore, White loves to tell political history in a narrative style, revealing much through the lives of important political leaders, thereby inviting you to live the history as if you were there alongside them, judging their character while you learn what they said, what they did and why they did it.

Availability of the Booklet

This booklet can be obtained at Amazon as a paperback or as a Kindle e-book.  The writer can supply a paperback version if you email him at .

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