The war in the East

The war in the East - ThewarintheEast .AttheFirstBattleof...

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The war in the East.  The first major engagement of the war was a disaster for the North. At the First Battle of  Bull Run in Virginia, thirty thousand Union troops were routed by a smaller Confederate  force as politicians and their families from Washington picnicked on the hills above the  battlefield. The defeat prompted Lincoln to put General George McClellan in command  of the Army of the Potomac. McClellan spent the next nine months transforming his men  into welltrained and disciplined soldiers but then seemed reluctant to let them fight. The  army suffered another defeat when it finally did go into the field during the Peninsula  Campaign (March–July 1862), an attempt to take Richmond by sea. In September, the  South went on the offensive. The Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee moved  into Maryland and met the Union troops at the Battle of Antietam. The bloodiest 
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course HIST 1310 taught by Professor Marshall during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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