How Antietam Persuaded Britain To Remain Neutral

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The British were placed in a difficult situation during the American Civil War. The abolitionists in the country were unlikely to be comfortable siding with an entity that flourished through the use of slave labor. Likewise, Secretary of State William Seward made it clear that no outside nation should recognize the Confederacy. Conversely, Great Britain was aware that the Confederacy held the supplies of cotton in the Americas, which was one of the world’s great riches at the time.

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The First Shots Of The Civil War: Fort Sumter

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At 3:25 a.m. on April 12, 1861, two emissaries, including former U.S. senator James Chesnut, Jr., delivered an ultimatum to the men of Fort Sumpter that demanded its surrender. Should that request be refused, they would open fire on the stronghold. Little more than an hour later, 43 guns, mortars and cannons rained lead upon the Charleston base.

Fires ensued, soon engulfing the fort. Men scrambled to defend its walls from succumbing to the Confederate onslaught. Historical accounts dictate the fearful disbelief of those in attendance, but the brave strength and Read the rest of this entry »

The Use Of Artillery As A Deciding Factor

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Historians, students and those that have an interest in the military history of the American Civil War may be delighted to learn more about how the technology and weaponry of the period was able to shape the outcome of the conflict. Cannons, primitive artillery pieces and even the fist metal-hulled warships were all able to make a decisive difference on the battlefield and played an important role in defining the war. Learning more about the history, military resources and other factors that determined the outcome of key battles and engagements can provide Read the rest of this entry »

Why The North Chose To Go To War

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In January of 1861, South Carolina seceded from the Union to protest Abraham Lincoln’s stance on slavery, and ten other southern states soon followed. These Confederate States of America formed their own governmental body with a constitution that bestowed more power to the individual states, rather than promoting a united nation with an overarching leadership structure.

Lincoln was determined to reunite the states under one government, but was equally determined that slavery should end. The southern members of Read the rest of this entry »

Why The Confederacy Chose To Secede From The Union

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Slavery and the southern way of life:
The invention of the cotton gin in 1793, made cotton an important money making crop. Cotton growing requires a large labor force. The need for slaves grew along with e cotton based agriculture. Abolishing slavery would destroy the cotton growing industry and affect the whole society.

States rights versus federal rights:
The federal government’s power was weak and limited after the American Revolution. Problems caused by this weakness arouse and led to the writing of the Constitution. Ratified in 1789 by nine of the original thirteen colonies, the remaining four colonies eventually signed it. Read the rest of this entry »

Recreating History: Civil War Reenactments, Past And Present

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The Civil War offers a unique look at a period of time in America when the country was defining who it was individually and as a nation. One of the unique features of this time period is the vast number of battlefield sketches available by which we can base these reenactments to acquire the most accurate depictions of the time.

Many times what we see as reenactments are of Gettysburg or even Bull Run in Virginia. Although there are many other very notable battles in this war that made a significant difference in the overall outcomes. One such Read the rest of this entry »

How Abraham Lincoln Influenced The Outcome Of The War

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Abraham Lincoln gives Americans an excellent example of how to have powerful influence without an overbearing demeanor. Without President Lincoln’s guidance, the Civil War may have ended quite differently than the story we all know today.

From the start, President Lincoln influenced the war in a dramatic way. This all began when South Carolina, shortly followed by other Southern states, seceded from the Union beginning in 1860. Abraham Lincoln declared those actions unconstitutional, and those states to be held in open hostility by the government. This was the beginning of the war between Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Decisive Battles Of The Civil War

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The most decisive battles of the Civil War for the Confederate Army are undoubtedly the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of Chancellorsville. For the Union Army, the Battle of Gettysburg cannot be surpassed as the North’s most decisive battle.

Two battles took place in Fredericksburg, but it was the first battle that played home to the most horrific tragedies of war. Fredericksburg and the surrounding area saw a lot of fighting, but the five day Battle of Fredericksburg was the war’s worst Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Decisive Battles Of The Civil War

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The American Civil War was fought from 1861 to 1865. There were hundreds of battles fought during this time, with most of them being fought in the south eastern part of the country. Some of those battles changed the outcome of the war and had a huge impact on the history of the United States.

Fort Sumter

The battle of Fort Sumter was the first confrontation of the Civil War. There were no shots fired during this battle as the Confederacy has the Union soldiers surrounded and Read the rest of this entry »