Imagine that you are General Irvin McDowell, commander of the Union forces stationed
near Washington, D.C., in 1861. You are briefing President Lincoln and his cabinet about
your plans for a military campaign at Bull Run, which will become one of the first major
battles of the Civil War.
Based on the narrated map, select the correct response from each dropdown to complete
General, as you know, our primary goal at this early stage of the
war is to capture. I hear that you have a plan to help us accomplish this.
The Confederates are trying to defend a critical rail junction at. I’m planning
an offensive campaign to capture this junction, drive them deeper into Virginia, and send
them away from Washington.
Presumably, this area will be well defended. Do you think we are
strong enough to mount an offensive?
We are in a good position. We have roughly more troops in the area than
General Winfield Scott presented the Anaconda Plan to President Lincoln in the spring of
1861. Scott’s proposed strategy marked the first Union attempt to suppress the rebellion of
the Confederate states.
Based on the narrated map, which of the following statements accurately describes the
Union’s Anaconda Plan?
Check all that apply.
By the end of 1861, the Union had completed its blockade of the southern coastline.