“The British Government and many British Peers had invested heavily in the Egyptian cotton industry, in more or less direct competition with American cotton producers — and they were losing the contest, despite the fact that the Egyptian cotton was far closer to the European markets the British hoped to dominate.
As a result, the American cotton producers had to be quashed and regulated so as to open up the European market for British-backed Egyptian cotton to take over—and the British Government and the Peerage to avoid a bath in red ink.
It had nothing to do with slavery. It was not a war. It was a commercial mercenary conflict staged on our shores by the British-backed Territorial Government against the dissenting members of the States of America, which sought to leave the original Confederation of States and form one of their own…” – Anna Von Reitz