But anybody would have taken those steps if or when available to them. How did Lincoln get the south to send their tax dollars? If you watch all the documentary episodes of the Ken Burns series you realise the south never had a chance of victory. There is a scene when Shelby Foote reveals that when the south had exhausted their manpower the north had hardly drafted a quarter of the manpower available to them.Lincoln's consummate skill was to keep the Tax money flowing from the wealthy Southern Agricultural economy to the mainly Industrial Northern tariff ridden States.
Lincoln got killed because he learned he could print his own Greenback currency to finance the war ,rather than borrow from the bankers ,who demanded 30% interest on their loans. Dangerous knowledge still not learned in Ireland.