The American Civil War is known by many different names to many different people. From the War Between the States, to the War of the Rebellion, to the War for Southern Independence, the four year-long contest sure spurred a lot of monikers. . .I've always just held to the most common by simply referring to it as The American Civil War. Not only is this the most common and the most widely-accepted, but it seems to me that it is also the least offensive. However, on more than one occassion, I have been approached by visitors to the Antietam Battlefield--and by no means were they all southerners--who suggested that I should instead refer to the conflict as The War of Northern Aggression. This, they tell me, is a more accurate title. Of course, most of the time this is suggested to me in a light-hearted manner, but sometimes I can tell that some folks are indeed being quite serious. In response to this, I typically just reply with the standard. . ."Well, the war is still causing a lot of disagreement 145 years later," or "Well, it seems like they couldn't agree on anything now, could they?" But to me, of all the names given to the war, The War of Northern Aggression is by far the least accurate since the war was, after all, triggered by the secession of the southern states, and since it was the southern states that fired the first shots. Plus, I've long held that the only true War of Northern Aggression took place in 1846-1848 in Mexico. . .There is little debate, however, on how it is we should label the Mexican War.