With no final agreement, the country had no other choice but to go to war with itself. The slow decline of the, once powerful, Southern economy and the major issue of the abolishment of slaves are what led to the cause of the American Civil War. While economics and political structure played an important role in the cause of the Civil War, slavery was the main reason why altercations arose. Many historians and teachers try to hide the fact that slavery was such a huge factor in the cause of the Civil War because they looked at slavery as the “norm”. To them, the differences between the Republicans and Democratic formed great disagreement.
The American Civil War began in 1861 and it came to an end on 13th May 1865, with a victory for the North. However, in the past the South had won earlier battles of the war, at first they appeared to have strong military leadership. There were many reasons why the South did not win the war, other than their poor strategy within the military generals. Economic, social, political and military were one of the major factors. The North was better economically than the South, and this enabled the North to buy more guns, supplies, and equipment for the war.
The Civil War has caused one nation to be divided into two sub nations all while president Abraham Lincoln is in office. President Lincoln abolished slavery, which in turn caused the Civil War. Abolishing slavery naturally gave Lincoln enemies all throughout the south but only a few people acted. John Wilkes Booth met with three culprits who created a master plain to kill the president. The Civil War is what started Abraham Lincoln’s downfall; there for, this act leads to and causes the assassination of Lincoln.
The Union army then Attempted to regroup on Cemetery Hill where they joined by the bulk of General Meade’s Union army. During the first hours of the battle Union General John Reynolds was killed and the Yankees realized that they were outnumbered. The battle was near the northwestern rim of Gettysburg. The confederates applied pressure Along the Union front so they could slowly drive the Yankees through the town. When the evening approached, the federal troops rallied on high ground on the southeastern edge of Gettysburg.
In the fall of 1863 General William T. Sherman started planning for the next portion of his battles across the southern states and ending in the Carolinas to try and finally end the Civil War. The campaigns and battles proceeding the spring of 1864 had been conventional warfare, hand to hand and geared more directly at the troops, ships, battery emplacements, and key military facilities. Sherman left Vicksburg February 3, 1864 giving explicit orders to destroy the railroad tracks across Mississippi, as well any facility or establishment that could be utilized in helping or supporting the Confederate war efforts. Sherman continued this reign of destruction the Carolina’s. The definition of Total War given by Hugh Bicheno a historian that
The economic impact of the war as is true in most if not all cases of war are that the spoils of war are the reward of the victors. The South was already in a weaker position in the industrial strength of its geographical coalition that it was amazing that they were as close to actually succeeding in their mission. They lacked the ability to replenish their troops with guns and ammunition and in many cases had to gather this gear from failed Confederate and Union soldiers. While in the north with a large population and a more sustained economy they were to accomplish the
The differences of the beliefs and ideals, of northern and southern government officials, led to the need for compromises, if anything were to be done at all, which eventually resulted in The Kansas-Nebraska Act, of 1854. The compromises beforehand kept the balance of free-states and slave states, but this act allowed popular sovereignty, which made both sides uneasy. Popular sovereignty would allow new states to chose if they would become a free state or a slave state, which would most likely result in the balance being lost. In earlier drafts, Nebraska was supposed to be a free state, and Kansas was supposed to be a slave state. The new compromise was supported by the people of Kansas, because most wanted Kansas to become a free state, and very few people in Kansas owned slaves.
This caused major controversy. Nobody in the South supported Lincoln and were outraged when he was elected. This ended in the South Carolina seceding from the Union before his inaugural address took place. The rest of the pro-slavery states followed soon after and he Confederacy was formed. In conclusion, the Civil War had three main
Conclusion The Missouri Compromise only led to a balance between slave-holding and slave-free states but failed to address the issue of slavery permanently. As evident in this paper, the Missouri Compromise was only meant to draw an agreement between the south and north instead of a solution. The failure of the north and south representatives to agree on gradual progressive emancipation in Missouri shows that a long-last solution could not be reached. Despite its, inadequacies, the Missouri Compromise marked a political change in the
Consequently, the North and the South developed different societies and economies. During the 1830s, the abolitionist movement in the North viewed slavery as an immoral act and urged the end of slavery, which took away the liberty of slaves. In response to the abolitionism, many Southerners became more determined to defend slavery. This led to the splitting of free and slaves states. The North would have free states and the South would have slave states.