In September 1862, a battle was fought in a small town in Maryland. More lives were lost than any other battle or war that the United States has ever experience before or since. This battle had no true winner but it did have consequeses that changed the course of the Civil War. In James M. McPherson’s book Crossroads of Freedom Antietam The Battle That Changed the Course of the Civil War, he shows how small events added up to lead to the Battle of Antietam and ultimately to the North winning the Civil War.
Civil War The year was 1861 and the first battle had already begun. The country was now divided as two teams, the confederates and the unions. I wasn’t looking forward to the upcoming battle that was about to happen. I sat in my tent in silence, thinking about what might happen.
The Battle/Siege of Vicksburg The Battle of Vicksburg was one of the most crucial points in the Civil War. It helped Eradicate the Rebels/Confederacy once and for all. The Civil War was fought for over 4 years and it lasted from 1861-1865. It was one of the most horrific wars the world has ever known and witnessed.
This made the North realize that the war could not be won as easily as they thought beforehand. Army officer Irvin McDowell, along with his fellow federals, attacked the enemy across the small river while more troops attempted to bust through the enemies left flank. After a couple hours, the Union men were able to push back
The Battle of Shiloh started on April 6, 1862 and ended April 7, 1862. and was held in southern Tennessee. The Confederates army General was Albert Sidney Johnston and P.G.T Beauregard. The Union army Generals were Ulysses S. Grant and Don Carlos Buell. Before the war begun Grant found a spot on the Tennessee River and taught the new soldiers different techniques to survive the war.
Though the battle may be called “Bunker Hill”, most of the fighting occurred on Breed’s hill. The British won the battle but there were a lot of deaths in the process, 268 soldiers and officers were killed and another 828 were wounded; this battle was a pyrrhic* victory for the British. *Pyrrhic- won at too great a cost to be worthwhile for the victor. (www.merriam-webster.com)
The confederate army was worn out from their march to Shiloh. The next day, Grant’s army once gain clashed with Beauregard’s. This battle lasted until about mid-day, and resulted in Beauregard retreating to Corinth. This led to the battle of Corinth, which was an easy victory for the Union Army. After the union took over the railroad station, they cut off the supplies that were being taken to the confederate Army.
The American Civil War started with a series of minor encounters, resulting in a relatively small number of casualties. The Battle of Shiloh became the first of several engagements that experienced large-scale death, and provided the Union with a key victory early in the war. The battle also marked a turning point strategically, as General Grant came to the realization that the Confederate States did not seek a peace treaty and preservation of the Union would only follow their complete dominance. The historical narratives surrounding this hallmark battle are less than clear, leading to difficulty compiling a unified narrative. The First Brigade of the Sixth Infantry Division of the West Tennessee Army initiated the battle, as told in numerous
Known as the bloodiest single-day battle in American History, the Battle of Antietam took place at Antietam creek in Maryland. Strategic plan unveiled and outnumbered, things didn’t start off smoothly for General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate army; yet, even with a copy of the enemy’s plan and a two-to-one advantage, did things work out for Union! With one side disadvantaged and the other wasting their advantages, the battle stayed undecided for hours- that is until violent attacks to General Lee’s troop had the Confederate army retreating. Although, the Battle of Antietam does not have a clear victorious side, the Union declared it as a victory and used the victory to justify the “Emancipation Proclamation”
The Civil War is considered to be the bloodiest episodes of warfare in American History. During this war, there were numerous well known battles. One of the most famous battles was called the Second Battle of Bull Run. The Second Battle of Bull Run was fought over August 28-30, 1862. Although this battle lasted only 3 days, there were approximately 22,000 casualties during this span.
Because of military strategy, shortage of supplies, and logistics, the Union was successful during the Battle of Pea Ridge. Missouri was important to both sides for a couple of reasons: first there were two great waterways, the Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers, and there are an abundance of natural resources and manpower (Howard 1). The Pea Ridge campaign was the most significant campaign of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi region. The new union general, Samuel Curtis, took control in Missouri and decided to destroy the rebel armies. He marched south into northern Arkansas and prepared a solid defense on Pea Ridge (Owens 2).
That 's when the fighting broke out between them on July 1. Soon after the North started to retreat to Cemetery Hill. Then the next day when both side brought in reinforcements they started fighting some more. Lee’s men attacked the Union at various locations, including Cemetery Hill, Culp’s Hill, Cemetery Ridge, Round Top, and Little Round Top, but “by the end of the day the Confederates had failed to push the Union from any of its main positions.”
The most important battle during the Civil War was the Battle of Gettysburg. This was a battle that took place over three days in the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. This battle was the turning point of the civil war which successfully stopped the Southern Confederate Armies led by General Robert E. Lee from taking over the north. The Battle of Gettysburg was the most important battle of the Civil War because it was the largest of the civil war battles, successfully pushing back southern armies away from the north, and was the major defeat of the south. The battle of Gettysburg is still considered to historians to not only be the most important battle of the Civil war but the deciding factor towards victory.
General McClellan made the South flee causing the Union to win another battle. In Mississippi General Grant led another battle to victory with the surrender of the Confederacy. General Sherman led the Union army in Savannah and destroyed the cities and broke the spirit of the Confederacy. This was another victory. The final battle of the Civil War was led by President Lincoln.
April 12, 1961, marked one of the most historical events that have ever occurred in the United States -the Civil War. This war was fought by the Union (Northern states) and the Confederates (Southern states). Several factors contributed to the clash of both sides, such include: trades, tariffs, states’ rights, and the idea of slavery. After four years of fighting, the Southern states lied under complete destruction. On May 9, 1865, the fighting was over -the Union had won the war.