Civil War: A Climatic Analysis

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September 29, 1863 was a day in American history marked by climatic conflict between the United and Confederate States of America. Despite the fact that the Gettysburg Address was given just a little over a week before, the Civil War was far from over for either side. Both the New York Times and the Richmond Daily Dispatch promulgated narratives that served the purposes of both the North and South, respectively. The Civil War was a war of opposite ideologies and conflicting interests, and that is made extremely obvious by the different viewpoints used in Northern and Southern newspapers. Although the Union and Confederacy had opposing ideals they were both going through many the same problems. The papers reporting similar stories in the …show more content…

The Daily Dispatch wrote that, “Six hundred Yankees will be sent North by flag of truce, via City Point, this morning.” At the same time the North reported a story focusing on a conflict in the South. The New York Times reports favoring news out of Charleston, South Carolina about their “General Gillmore actively engaged in erecting siege guns…and that the health of the army is good.” This is just two weeks after the Second Battle of Charleston Harbor, but fighting in Charleston, SC will go on for two more years after this article is released. Which shows how back and forth the war truly was, some engagements were short some were very long. For some battles the South came out on top in others the Union prevailed, nearly all were extremely bloody. This article captures such an interesting time in the war where everything is on a balancing scale. The media was reporting the stories in the most up to date ways possible to keep the public …show more content…

The Civil War was fought on the fields between soldiers was also fought in households with fathers, sons, and brothers. In addition, it was fought at the desks of journalists who informed the populace residing in the North and South who informed public opinion. The nation was split down the middle with two strong sides of ideology facing off, and these ideologies were expressed clearly by the newspapers. Newspapers like the Times and Dispatch touched on some of the hottest issues of the day like troop recruitment, mass causalities, and the teeter-tottering of war. Later on, these and other newspapers documented fierce battles and backdoor deals. At that time, they captured the moments that brought the country back together and tore it apart—they continue to do so to this

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