3. Divide the South along the Mississippi River. 4. Divide and crush the South by marching through Georgia and the Carolinas. 5. Capture the Southern capital of Richmond. 6. Engage the enemy anywhere possible and grind them into submission. George McClellan General who was given command of the Army of the Potomac. A brilliant, thirty-four year old West Pointer. He was a superb organizer and drillmaster, and he injected splendid morale into the Army of the Potomac. He consistently believed that the enemy outnumbered him. He was overcautious and he addressed the president in an arrogant tone. He fought against General Robert E. Lee in the Seven Days' Battle. - General given command of the army of the Potomac in 1861 - Serious student of warfare, "Young Napoleon" - Superb organizer and drill master, injected splendid morale into the Army of the Potomac idolized by his men
Antietam Battle of Antietam two Union soldiers found a copy of Lee's battle plans wrapped around a packet of three cigars dropped by a careless Confederate officer. It was fought at a creek in Maryland. It was the turning point of the war, which allowed President Lincoln to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with about 23,000 casualties. Also, it prevented the British and French governments from a diplomatic mediation. battle in Maryland that ended Lee's first invasion of the North. Known for being the bloodiest day in the war, and led to the Emancipation Proclamation Antietam Creek, Maryland; Lincoln restored "Little Mac" to active command of the main Northern army; 2 Union soldiers found a copy of Lee's battle plans; September 17, 1862; McClellan succeeded in halting Lee at Antietam; one of the bitterest and bloodiest days of the war. Merrimack and Monitor most alarming Confederate threat to the blockade; 1862; the Merrimack (renamed the Virginia) threatened catastrophe to entire Yankee blockading fleet; the Monitor fought the Merrimack to a standstill; a few months after the battle, the Confederates destroyed the Merrimack to keep it from the grasp of advancing Union troops. The biggest Confed threat to the Union was the Virginia (Merrimack) which threatened to break the Union blockade, but fortunately, the Monitor arrived just in time to fight the Merrimack to a standstill, and the Confed ship was later destroyed by the South to save it from the North Gettysburg This was the turning point of the war. After this battle, the south had no hopes of winning left (July 1863) -Civil War battle in Penn. that ended in Union victory, spelling doom for the Confederacy, which never again managed to invade the North. -Site of General George Pickett's daring but doomed charge on the Northern lines. Turning point of the War that made it clear the North would win. 50,000 people died, and the South lost its chance to invade the North.
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