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Civil War Battles and Strategy

Robert E. Lee was born in 1807 in his ancestral home on Stratford Hall Plantation. He was part of the Virginia aristocracy, though his father lost most of the family fortune, and received the usual...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2021 11:58 am UTC

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In an essay called "Grant and Lee: A Study in Contrasts" from The American Story, a series of essays by historians, Civil War expert Bruce Catton compared and contrasted Grant and Lee. While he...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2017 12:59 pm UTC

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There are several possibilities of what might comprise the northernmost battle of the Civil War, depending on the scope of the question. Let's have a look at each of these, and then you can choose...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 12:33 am UTC

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GETTYSBURG & ANTIETAM (SHARPSBURG). These were the two bloodiest battles of the war. The three-day Battle of Gettysburg (Pennsylvania, July 1863) saw more casualties than any American wartime...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010 10:14 am UTC

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There were several events that led to the attack on Fort Sumter. In the 1850s, there were several events that pushed the North and the South further apart. Southerners were upset with the book,...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016 12:17 am UTC

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The South seceded from the Union in two waves. The first group of southern states seceded after Abraham Lincoln was elected President. Seven states seceded at this time. They were concerned that...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 4:21 am UTC

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The Battle of Gettysburg is considered the turning point of the Civil War because it was effectively the last attempt on the part of Robert E. Lee to invade Northern soil. If Lee had succeeded...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019 8:25 pm UTC

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There are at least two ways in which to answer this question. First, we can say that Fort Sumter is important because it was the site of the action that touched off the Civil War. Second, we can...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 5:54 pm UTC

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At the start of the Civil War, most Union soldiers were fighting to keep the United States together. The Southern states had seceded, thus splitting the United States apart, and war was now the...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019 7:42 am UTC

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The two most important results culminating from the Seven Days Battles (June 25-July 1, 1862) around Richmond were that (1) General Robert E. Lee took command of the Army of Northern Virginia; and...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2013 7:02 pm UTC

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The partnership of Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman led directly to the defeat of the Confederacy in the Civil War (1861–65). In 1864, Grant became supreme commander of all Union...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2019 10:29 am UTC

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Perhaps a more appropriate answer would be the Commanders in Chief of the North and South, other than the President himself. There were, of course, many subordinate generals who were also...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012 5:56 am UTC

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Most of the differences between Lee and Grant can be attributed to their respective backgrounds. Lee hailed from Virginia, from one of the commonwealth's old landed families. Grant, on the other...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2019 6:22 am UTC

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Another glaring weakness of Ulysses S. Grant was that he had a serious drinking problem. When he was having issues in his marriage (which depressed him, as a devoted husband) or when there was...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2011 3:15 am UTC

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Because the Civil War was an internal conflict, the actions taken during surrender at the end of the war were different than what may happen when different nations are battling. The Civil War is...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2019 1:12 pm UTC

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African Americans were not allowed to serve as soldiers in the Union armies during the first half of the Civil War (1861-1865). In January 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect....

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019 8:33 pm UTC

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Part of the southern strategy in the Civil War was to drag the war out by not invading the North. The goal was to have the Union army chase the Confederate army throughout the South, preventing a...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016 1:39 pm UTC

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The significance of the encounter between the USS Monitor and the CSS Merrimack (renamed the Virginia following the Confederacy's decision to secede) was the fact that it represented the first...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2015 9:12 pm UTC

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Fort Sumter is historically significant because it is the place where the first battle of the American Civil War was fought. The Fort was built to bolster the United States’ defenses in its...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2017 9:55 am UTC

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When speaking about the Civil War from the Confederacy's point of view, what's critical is to recognize that while the Union needed a decisive victory to achieve its aims of bringing the seceding...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2020 5:07 am UTC

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Abraham Lincoln was elected in November 1860; by December, South Carolina would host a secession convention, thus becoming the first state in what would become the Confederate States of America....

Latest answer posted July 8, 2018 9:31 pm UTC

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General Sherman’s March to the Sea was historic. After capturing Atlanta in September 1864, General Sherman decided to use a different tactic to bring the South to its knees and to break the morale...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018 4:35 am UTC

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The Battle of Gettysburg is remembered as the turning point of the Civil War mainly because of Pickett's Charge and the Confederates' unsuccessful attempt to invade the North. Happening on the...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2018 4:46 am UTC

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In 1863, the Confederate Army suffered a major setback when Union troops under the leadership of Ulysses S. Grant launched the Vicksburg campaign that saw the capture of the Mississippi state...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2017 8:31 pm UTC

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This is a complex issue, but the simplest answer to your question can be broken down into two main points. First, since Richmond, Virginia, was the capital of the Confederacy for all but a very...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2018 6:34 am UTC

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General Grant’s army had every advantage over General Lee’s army at Richmond, Virginia in 1865. The battle was just a week before the end of the Civil War. General Sherman had ravaged the South...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 1:04 am UTC

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New technologies played a significant role in how the Civil War was fought, and where it was fought. The most significant technological innovation impacting where the war was fought was railroads....

Latest answer posted October 4, 2013 6:09 pm UTC

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The battles of Antietam, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg were major battles for the North during the Civil War. Antietam was important because the South tried to invade the North. This was not a part of...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2015 11:13 pm UTC

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I assume you mean Appomattox Court House in Appomattox, VA, where Gen. Robert E. Lee finally surrendered to Union Army Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. This event, which took place on April 9, 1865,...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018 9:23 am UTC

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Sherman, like Grant, did not believe that a war could be successfully prosecuted as a limited war—limited in the sense of not committing full resources to the effort or of not accepting the fact...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2019 3:44 am UTC

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Many factors led to Northern victory, but for the purposes of this answer we should focus on the two I believe are the most important. First, as has long been recognized, the Union was far better...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2021 6:07 am UTC

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As said in the other answer, and as is overwhelmingly agreed upon by historians, the Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point in the Civil War. After that battle, the South had no hope of winning...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2019 8:45 pm UTC

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I think that Lincoln understood the political and military significance of Vicksburg. While Gettysburg is often seen as the turning point of the war, it was never envisioned to be a battle of...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012 2:34 am UTC

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The similarities were few between the two great commanding generals of the American Civil War. Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) was the son of a poor tanner from Pennsylvania who had moved to Ohio....

Latest answer posted October 30, 2011 6:19 am UTC

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The battle of Fort Sumter was important because it began the Civil War in the United States. Fort Sumter was a United States Army installation located in the middle of Charleston Harbor in South...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2016 4:05 am UTC

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The battle at Fort Sumter led to the start of the Civil War. After Lincoln won the election of 1860, seven southern states seceded from the Union. However, the fighting in the Civil War had not yet...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 2:30 am UTC

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Side by side and in person, these men weren't much alike. Lee was a more stately and well spoken man, while Grant was rougher around the edges and more direct. Grant was short and unremarkable in...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011 3:39 pm UTC

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During the American Civil War, the North and the South had different military advantages that they each tried to use to achieve victory. The North had a larger population to recruit soldiers from...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2020 7:48 pm UTC

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Here is one more thought about the Battle of Gettysburg. The second day was perhaps the turning point in the battle. Most of the fighting took place on the left side of the Union line near a hill...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2010 2:46 am UTC

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The Southernors were not as organized or well-equipped as the Northernors. The Confederates believed they were superior and would win. Arrogance does not win wars though, weapons win wars....

Latest answer posted August 18, 2011 1:55 pm UTC

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From July 1–3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg raged between the Union and the Confederacy in the state of Pennsylvania. After two difficult days of battle, the conclusive third day arrived. On July...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 3:40 am UTC

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The Confederacy's attack on Fort Sumter (April 12, 1861) started the Civil War. The Battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3, 1863) was perhaps the most decisive engagement of the Civil War. There are three...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 1:09 pm UTC

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The Battle of Perryville is not one of the better-known battles of the Civil War. It is mainly important because of its strategic impact on the war. The Battle of Perryville was fought in October...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2011 9:41 am UTC

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Lee's invasion of the North had been quite successful prior to Gettysburg, and the Confederates had gained confidence with each victory. After Chancellorsville, Lee moved north with the hopes of...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011 9:59 pm UTC

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In Bruce Catton's Civil War narrative This Hallowed Ground, the author described William Tecumseh Sherman's campaign to end the war by carrying on total war against the civilian populace as "the...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2012 10:40 pm UTC

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I will address the issue of surprise first because, as the battle unfolded, this was a crucial element in the success of the Federal Army. As Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia moved north into...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2014 9:03 pm UTC

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Sherman's largest and most prominent role in the Civil War lies in his punctuating his end. The execution of his closing to the war helped to bring a great deal of resentment to the South and...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2010 7:44 pm UTC

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As post #9 states Robert E. Lee was considered the best of the best, yet he declined President Lincoln's request to command the northern army. Lee thanked the president for the opportunity and then...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2012 10:43 am UTC

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Although these two battles took place in different theatres of the war and nearly one year apart, they proved to be two of the bloodiest and one-sided battles of the American Civil War. The victory...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2011 12:27 pm UTC

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The Battle of Shiloh (aka Battle of Pittsburg Landing) was the first major battle in the Western Theatre of the American Civil War and the bloodiest battle in United States history up to that time....

Latest answer posted September 6, 2011 8:08 am UTC

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