Summary of The Civil War

Summary of The Civil War - Blake Cordell Navy 102 Civil War...

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Blake Cordell Navy 102 Civil War Summary Civil War Between the years of 1861 and 1865 the United States was in the middle of a civil war. The North and the South were torn apart, made distant from the controversial decision of slavery. The South was pro slavery, and the North was not, and the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 seemed to make matters worse. Eleven southern states seceded from the Union, collectively turning their back on the idea of a single American nation. Lincoln, who had been in office for only six weeks, declared these acts of secession illegal, and asked Congress for 500,000 soldiers to halt what threatened to be an aggressive rebellion. In April of 1861, the first shots were fired which led to the largest catastrophe the United States had ever known. There were more than 600,000 soldier casualties while millions more were wounded. The war itself began suddenly but the Battle of Bull Run in July 1861 made it clear that the war would live on for years. Massive Battles raged in places such as Fredericksburg, Chickamauga, and Shiloh. 40% of the nearly 10,000 battles were fought in Virginia and Tennessee. The South’s most prominent General, General Robert E. Lee, won many battles and was very successful, at least up to the Battle of Antietam, which would later be known as the
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This note was uploaded on 06/22/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Wray during the Spring '08 term at South Carolina.

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