Confusion is now solved. I am informed that the United States (or, at the time , somewhat
Disunited States) had a conflict that they call "The Civil War" in the 1860s.
However, LANCSGEN is a mailing list concerned with family history in Lancashire not
in Lancaster County, Virginia. Here The Civil War (actually in two episodes) concerned
Parliament, Cromwell, chopping off the King's head and so on. It occurred around the
1640s. There were other civil wars but they generally go by other names, Wars of the
Roses, 1715 Rebellion, 1745 Rebellion etc. Since they generally occurred in the time that
folk here either didn't know of the existence of the Americas or when their existence
had been forgotten (roughly from 1066 to 1492, during which time England was more
concerned with Western Europe and the Middle East [ Heaven knows what the North Americans
understand by that] and less Nordic) there can be no confusion for Americans.
May we please establish that by "The Civil War" we mean the one in England
and any other might be American, Moravian or Spanish unless it is clearly stated which one
There is no question that the American Civil War was important to Lancashire because
of the hardship it caused in the relatively newly established cotton industry - but
it's not THE Civil War.
Malcolm Borrowdale (Swinton, Lancs.)