Civil War Battles and Strategy Questions and Answers
What were the similarities, differences of these Civil War battles? 1. First Bull Run 2. Gettysburg 3. Antietam
What did the Union soldiers believe they were fighting for? What did the Confederate soldiers believe they were fighting for? Did those understandings change over the course of the war (and if so, why)?
How did the Antietam, Vicksburg, and Gettysburg battles contribute to the north's victory over the south in the civil war?
What Northern strengths actually led to Northern victory and what Confederate weaknesses explain Southern defeat?
How is the election of Abraham Lincoln as U.S. president in 1860 connected to the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter on April 12-13, 1861?
Discuss how the advantages and disadvantages of the North and South influenced their military strategies?
What was the military strategy of each side at the start of the Civil War? How and why did it change as the war continued?
Why did the Army of Northern Virginia twice invade the North? Why was the battle of Antietam called a draw? Who really won the Battle of Antietam?
Both Grant and Sherman pursued a new type of warfare. Explain the change in strategy these men employed. Note a battle or campaign in which each man used this new strategy. Finally, was this strategy effective? Why or why not?
Why did Lincoln say, "Vicksburg is the key. The war can never be brought to a close until the key is in our pocket"?
How did General Sherman’s views of war compare with those of Abraham Lincoln? How did Sherman’s views compare with those of Colonel Trowbridge?
What is important about 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment from the Civil War besides it being the first African American fighting unit infantry?
Under General Grant, how was the Union military strategy in 1864 successful or unsuccessful in the eastern and western theaters of the war?
How did wartime devastation in the South affect the lives of the white yeoman farmers during the American Civil War?
Without Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Phil Sheridan, would the Civil War had dragged on even longer? Or would the South have won? These three generals realized the horrors of war and what was necessary in order to win a war. If these men wouldn't have come to power in the latter half of the war and executed bold, dangerous, and harsh campaigns, would the war have dragged on even longer? Or would the South have been victorious instead?
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