War & Society Exam #2

War & Society Exam #2 - Essay 1 Why did it take the...

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Essay 1. Why did it take the North so long to defeat the South in the American Civil War? Focusing on the Battle of Gettysburg as depicted in the book, The Killer Angels, your detailed analysis should address the concept of decisive battle, leadership, technology, doctrine (strategy, tactics, and logistics) and military-political relationships. Specifically, how does the Civil War reflect 19 th century patterns of warfare? Thesis: The North took so long to defeat the South during the American Civil War because of a lack of management for an effective central direction of its war effort and a stubborn Confederate enemy. Introduction with thesis Paragraph #1 At the beginning of the war, the idea that built up forces should attack strategically in vital areas of the south was ignored and instead the union army was unorganized and attacked too many areas at once with unprepared forces. Poor union leadership until Lincoln appointed U.S Grant as general-in-chief. – not a strong enough tie between military and political heads Paragraph #2 Confederate pride on the part of Robert E. Lee – the idea that they knew that they would not win the war but figured that they had no other option than to fight until the end and that they were unwilling to be put on the defensive Paragraph #3 BATTLES OF ATTRITION put on by Grant were long and bloody, trench warfare was slow (towards the end 9 months of trench warfare at Petersburg) Conclusion: restate of thesis
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