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The Opinions And Views Of The Civil War

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Many people have their own opinions and views of The Civil War. Some describe it as unfinished, bloody and gruesome, and some even see it as a representation of freedom. The Civil War began in the spring of 1861. The war was ignited by tension between the northern and southern Unites States over issues including states’ rights versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War (1861-65) (History.com). The Civil War last for 4 years and proved very costly with the loss of more than approximately 6 million lives. During this time the United States was governed over by President Abraham Lincoln. The election of President Lincoln the previous year (1860) caused seven southern states to secede from the Union to form the Confederate States of America; four more joined them after the first shots of the Civil War were fired. …show more content…

The Federal commander, Major Robert Anderson, refused. This in turn led to the firing of the first shot from a Confederate artillery battery by Captain George S. James on the following day which continued onto the next day (April, 13) when the terms of capitulation were finally agreed to leaving the in the hands of Confederate forces under Pierre G.T. Beauregard. Four more southern states–Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina and Tennessee–joined the Confederacy after Fort Sumter. Border slave states like Missouri, Kentucky and Maryland did not secede, but there was much Confederate sympathy among their citizens.

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