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Secession and Civil War

There are at least two reasons for which you can say the Union “needed” to resupply Fort Sumter. On one level, you can say the Union needed to resupply the fort because the fort was in Southern...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2013 11:16 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The Civil War lasted almost exactly 4 years. According to civilwar.org approximately 320,000 Americans were killed. Arguably the Civil War of the United States has been the most tragic war of...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2015 9:59 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be very different depending on what you mean by “causes” of the Civil War. If we are talking about root causes of the war, there are only really one or two. If we...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2013 4:57 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The so-called Anaconda Plan (this was a derisive name given to it by people who opposed it) was devised by General Winfield Scott. Scott was a fairly old man at the beginning of the war. He was...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2012 11:06 pm UTC

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The Battle of Antietam was the bloodiest one-day battle in the history of American wars. It was fought on September 17, 1862. The battle was not really a tactical victory for either side, but it...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 6:49 pm UTC

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Some of the most significant problems that both the Union and Confederate sides had to contend with during the Civil War were the rapidly changing economic, social, and environmental circumstances...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019 4:13 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

By 1864, the Civil War had dragged on for more than three years, with immense human cost. The Union Army's policy of total war was a response to this, and was construed as an effort to bring the...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2012 2:17 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The one turning point in the American Civil War that most clearly deserves to be called “seminal” was the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Up until the time that Lincoln issued the...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 3:40 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

You could answer this one in a number of ways. First, and most obvious, I would say that the American Civil War ended on April 9, 1865 -- almost 4 years to the day from the day that it started....

Latest answer posted November 22, 2010 3:41 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The roots of secession lay in the Southern plantation owners' fear that slavery would be abolished in the United States. They felt as though the nation was too culturally different for the North...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 5:01 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

There are two main reasons why Atlanta was a particularly important goal for the Union in the Civil War. First, it was the main industrial center for the Confederacy. It had many factories and...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2012 1:29 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The states listed in the question—South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Arkansas—voted to secede from the Union and form...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 12:07 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Broadly speaking, the Union strategy in the western theater of the war revolved around securing the major waterways in the region, including the Tennessee and especially the Ohio rivers. As such,...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2012 4:30 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

There are at least two reasons for this. First, Robert E. Lee was simply a very talented general. He was very good in terms of tactics and strategy, which meant that he was able to pick the right...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012 8:54 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The first step is to develop a well- honed thesis statement. It should articulate a connection between all three domains in the greater understanding of the Civil War. The topic is there, and now...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2013 1:18 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Both the administrations of outgoing President James Buchanan and the newly-elected President Abraham Lincoln believed that there was no legality in the secession that the eleven Southern slave...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012 7:50 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

From 1845 to 1860, a series of events occurred that led to the secession of eleven slaveholding states, and the outbreak of the Civil War. These events were all related directly to the issue of...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2020 2:30 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

With any historical figure who has been studied as much as Robert E. Lee, there will be many points of view. Although various people take somewhat different views, we can say that a majority of...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2012 11:34 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The short answer to this question is no. The Civil War's immediate cause was the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter in April of 1861. A more complex answer would be that the Civil War's causes lay...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2012 10:23 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The African-Americans who most affected Lincoln's policy toward slaves were actually not citizens. They were slaves themselves, who "voted with their feet," flocking toward Union lines in droves...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2012 3:31 pm UTC

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Did you know that two of the Union Army of the Potomac's most inept commanders were responsible for two words that are still a part of the language? The term "hooker" was coined because so many...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2012 6:26 pm UTC

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There were two main arguments for this policy of destruction which is exemplified by General William T. Sherman’s “March to the Sea.” Both of them have to do with the idea that this policy of...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2013 6:15 pm UTC

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The reason that President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus on occasion is that he wanted to be able to hold people that he suspected of being Confederate sympathizers without having to...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012 2:21 am UTC

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There were a tremendous number of events that helped lead to the Civil War. It would be possible to argue that almost every major issue that arose in the US in the 1840s, 1850s, and 1860s led to...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2013 7:59 pm UTC

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The Battle of Antietam, known to Confederates as the Battle of Sharpsburg, took place on September 17, 1862. It is known as the bloodiest day in American history, with casualties nearing 12,000 men...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2012 10:50 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Because the south depended so much on slavery for economic stability, it was at an extreme disadvantage with the north economically. If the southern economy had been more diverse, slavery would...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2012 1:24 am UTC

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The leader of the Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850, Henry Clay, died. His voice of moderation was sorely missed in Congress in 1860. There was finally a political party dedicated to...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2016 11:51 pm UTC

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By saying this, the author is trying to emphasize two things. First, the author is trying to emphasize that the South's motives were not all that bad and secession was not really its fault. The...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2012 1:57 pm UTC

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I think that that one element out of the question might need to be refined. I don't think that the Union's explicit goal was the emancipation of slaves. Certainly, for abolitionists in the North,...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2011 2:42 am UTC

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The South did this because it felt that it could use its cotton as a weapon to force the European countries to help it in the war. The South felt that the economies of these two countries (and...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2012 1:51 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

No actions that we humans take are inevitable. All can be avoided. There were many ways the Civil War could have been avoided, but it is not surprising that they were not taken and the war...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2012 4:11 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The main role that civilians played in this war was to provide the material things that were needed to fight the war. Soldiers in the war needed all sorts of things to fight effectively. They...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2012 6:55 pm UTC

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This question is surely debatable, partly because it can be looked at from two directions. One approach would seek to offer the most direct and clear-cut answer by identifying the fewest causes, or...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019 8:38 pm UTC

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First, we must acknowledge that we cannot know what the average soldier believed because we do not have anything like opinion polling from the time. Different soldiers certainly fought for...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2012 6:17 pm UTC

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There were a very large number of events that shaped the political debate over slavery. All of these events helped to push the North and the South further apart on the issue. Many of the events...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2013 11:55 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

There were many, many events and issues between 1820 and 1861 that caused the Civil War to come about. Let us look at some of the most important ones: Nullification controversy. South Carolina...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2012 8:28 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The Battle of Gettysburg was significant because it defeated a Confederate invasion of the North that would have given the Confederates a strong chance of winning the war. The Confederate invasion...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 2:54 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Named after a nearby church in Tennessee, the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862, just one year after the beginning of the Civil War, was the bloodiest, most horrific battle fought to that date, and...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2012 10:00 pm UTC

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The American Civil War ended with General Robert E. Lee surrendering to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. This was on April 9, 1865. The war did not end right at that moment as...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2013 11:53 pm UTC

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There are many reasons why the South was not able to defeat the North in the American Civil War. Let us look at three of the most important reasons. First, the South simply had much less in the...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2012 10:46 pm UTC

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There are two main ways this could have happened. First, the CSA could have won the war. This would have resulted in a hugely different world. The United States would no longer have existed as...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2012 5:37 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The first Battle of the Weldon Railroad (June 21-23, 1864), now more commonly referred to as the Battle of the Jerusalem Plank Road, was part of the Petersburg Campaign. The end result was another...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2010 12:02 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

Without a doubt, the issue of slavery was the underlying cause of the Civil War. However, for many people it was not the moral issue of slavery that was at stake, but rather its political...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019 1:01 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The concept of free soil helped to bring about the Civil War because it helped to make both North and South unhappy over the issue of slavery. The concept of free soil simply held that slavery...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2012 2:46 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

At the time when the states of the South were contemplating secession, there was no clear law on whether they had the right to do so. After the Civil War, the Supreme Court did issue a ruling in...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 6:00 am UTC

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It's important to keep in mind, when answering this question, that Reconstruction proceeded in multiple stages, and the situation evolved as the conditions did. Nevertheless, across the entire time...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2019 4:57 am UTC

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Each side had a number of advantages as the war began. They included: The South only had to fight a defensive war while the North had to conquer the South. The South would have shorter supply...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2012 2:47 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

In her 2005 study of Abraham Lincoln’s Administration and the Civil War, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin describes the year 1863 as being the point in...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2014 2:38 am UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The issues between farmers, ranchers, and railroads mostly centered around the issue of fencing off the land. As more farmers settled in the Great Plains and the West, they were encouraged to...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020 3:25 pm UTC

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I have visited Fredericksburg several times and Sharpsburg and New Market once each. I wrote a paper once for which I had to do a bit of research on Fredericksburg, Sharpsburg, The Crater (maybe a...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2010 6:00 am UTC

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