A question that has left many Americans puzzled is, was the civil was inevitable? Could the United States of America survived without the famous war? Would America be split in half? To answer this question one must look back and the reason the civil war happened and how it affected America.
Many military strategies of the Civil War which made it the deadliest of all American wars. During the Civil War many strategies were used by the South and North, to fight hard but the hardest will win. There are many battles, many weapons were used, along with spies and navies. There were many battles, navies were important, spies were used in the war, very much, along with many weapons, and the South won the war.
On April 12, 1861, a brutal war broke out between the north and the south called the Civil War. Some say the north, or Union, went to war to abolish slavery, but the south, or Confederates, went to war for states’ rights. Abraham Lincoln, who was president at the time, called the nation “a house divided” because the north and south did not agree. Four long years later, the Union won the victory on May 9, 1865.
These 7 states met in Montgomery, Alabama, in February of 1861, nearly a month before Lincoln had even been inaugurated, and formed a completely separate nation from the United States of America, calling themselves the Confederate States of America (Intres, 2016m; Brinkley, 2005). Mimicking the governmental set-up of the United States, the Confederate States of America voted in Jefferson Davis as their president and a cabinet of advisors was appointed (Intres, 2016m; Brinkley, 2005). Politically, this divided the Democratic Party between the north and the south, leaving the Republican Party fully in control of the house and senate in the United States of America (Brinkley, 2005; Foner, 1995). Due to this, a variety of economic actions were taken which favored the north, speeding up its economic development (Brinkley, 2005). These Economic actions included the Homestead Act of 1852, the development of a new national bank, and an effort to properly finance the war by levying taxes, issuing paper currency, etcetera (Brinkley, 2005). The one large downside to the change in economics during this time period was a reduction in the number of men employed in the industrialization production due to increased mechanization taking the place of hands on workers (Brinkley, 2005; Foner, 1995). In contrast, the economy of the south was completely devastated with the war and the destruction it brought to the plantation life and the ability to ship their cotton produced (Brinkley, 2005). While strong in knowledgeable man power on the battlefield, economically the south had few of the resources necessary to be successful in a long-term war against the north (Brinkley,
The nineteenth century was one the most remarkable period in American history. For it was the century of the Market Revolution as well as the Civil War. The war took millions of lives of innocent people, who either tried to eliminate or defend slavery. The Civil War seemed to be revolved around slavery. However, slavery was not the only causation. The Northerners, for instance, fought to defend state sovereignty (lecture December 8). Therefore, the causes of the Civil War remain a debate. Although one hundred and fifty-one years have passed, many historians still debate whether the cause of the war was slavery or not.
The Battle of Fort Sumter was the first battle of the Civil War and involved the Confederate and Union States. Today, Fort Sumter is most famous for being the site of the first shots of the Civil War. The Battle of Fort Sumter marked an new spot in history.
The clash of Cold Harbor occurred from May 31 to June 12, 1864 in Virginia between the union and confederate strengths and it resulted in a victory for the confederacy. The charging officers were Robert E. Lee for the confederacy and for the Union their leaders were General Ulysses S. Gift and George G. Meade. It is recognized as one of the bloodiest yet most key and trim sided battles of the American Civil War. The Battle of Cold Harbor was additionally one of the last clashes of the union drove by General Grant and as a major aspect of his 1864 overland campaign.
The Battle of Cold Harbor took place from May 31st to June 12th, 1864, with the most important fighting occurring on June 3rd. It was one of the last battles of Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign during the Civil War, and is remembered as one of American history's bloodiest, most disgusting battles. Thousands of Union soldiers were killed or wounded in a hopeless frontal assault against the fortified positions of Confederate Robert E. Lee's army. On May 31, as Grant's army once again swung around on the right flank of Lee's army, Union cavalry controlled the crossroads of Old Cold Harbor, about 10 miles northeast of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia holding it against attacks from the Confederacy until the Union
The Civil War was an event that was almost inevitable due to the constant fighting and difference amongst the country. There was no equality and most people only decided on things in which they would be benefitted. The country could only endure so much more division before a war would occur. Numerous events such as John Brown’s Raid, The Compromise of 1820 and 1850, and Bleeding Kansas, but the most significant event is the Election of 1860.
The Civil War resulted due to the division and the gradual collapse of the Union between the two sections. It can be argued that both the North and South were distinct regions. However, both regions initially displayed nationalism in various ways at the beginning of the Civil War. Southern nationalism allowed the Confederates to justify their secession and independence. The formation of the Confederacy and the established Confederate Constitution in February 1861, nationalism validated their status as an independent country. The foundation of Southern nationalism was its unique southern regional identity. This identity was built on factors such as climate, geography, economic development, and cultural values. The institution of slavery, however,
During the U.S Civil War there were many unexpected victories. This was the case in the intense and dramatic battle between the Union and the Confederates, in the Battle of Chancellorsville. With only 60,000 soldiers, the Confederates still managed to defeat an army almost twice their size. The battle took place in northern Virginia from April 30, to May 6, 1863, named after a settlement on the battlefield. Confederate forces were led by General Robert E. Lee, and Union forces were led by General Joseph Hooker. Lee defeated the much larger Union army and many historians consider Chancellorsville to be Lee’s greatest victory. Lee had faced an army almost double his size, and still came out on top, however this wouldn’t
The Civil War on the other hand, was a period in American history that was marked by great inflation, on both sides of the conflict. Both the Union and Confederacy were faced with the urgent need to generate large quantities of funds to pay for the exorbitant costs involved in prosecuting the ongoing war. Both governments then resorted to the same tactic in order to acquire the funds they so desperately needed to continue to fund their respective militaries. They simply printed more money as they needed in order to pay their outstanding debts. The difference, however, was that the Union’s currency was backed by a gold and silver standard. The Confederacy, by comparison, was a brand new government with a weak central government, and was not
In chapter one of What They Fought For, I learned about the letters and diaries of the Confederate soldiers. The themes of the letters were home-sickness, lack of peace, and the defense of home against their invading enemy. The thought of soldiers fighting for their homes and being threatened by invaders, made them stronger when facing adversity. Many men expressed that they would rather die fighting for a cause, than dying without trying and this commitment showed patriotism. Throughout the letters, soldiers claimed their reason for fighting, was for the principles of Constitutional liberty and self-government. There was a comparison between the Civil War and Revolutionary war that the Confederate Armies discussed in their diaries. The Confederate
The Civil War was a monumental bloodshed, which was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States, from 1861 to 1865. The primary cause of the war was the Southern states' desire to preserve the institution of slavery, which did not please the beliefs of the North. At the beginning of the Civil War, twenty-two million people lived in the North and 9 million people, which included four million of whom were slaves, lived in the South. The North, led by President Abraham Lincoln and his trusted generals, had more money, more factories, more horses, more railroads, and more food than the south. These advantages made the United States much more powerful than the Confederate States, which ultimately led to Northern victory. The article Why The South Lost the Civil war explains the essentials reasons as to why the South did not have
1861 is the year that marked the American Civil War’s first battle. There was President Abraham Lincoln’s Union, which consisted of the northern “United” states of America, and there was the Confederacy, which consisted of the southern “Confederate” states of America. Each were vying for governmental control for their respective reasons. However, by the end of the Civil War in 1865, the scars that were left unhealed on the United State of America was far beyond any one citizen’s expectation. America’s own President Lincoln was assassinated, and this alone caused grave response from American citizens. Simultaneously, with a central purpose of the war being in either abolition or preservation of the practice of slavery, the then-controversy of racial justice soon entered debate. The Civil War, in whole, placed America in a state of turmoil that had yet to be seen by its subjects, and this consequently prompted a mass search for American identity in the wake of 620,000 deaths and an unforeseen national divide.