In order to look into the lives of the U.S. citizens during the Civil War I decided to look into the first week from April 12, 1861 to April 18, 1861 of the New York Times. I looked into this week of articles to see how the New York Times covered the outbreak of the war and the people’s response to it. Some of the main war events covered were: call for Union to relinquish command of Fort Sumter and first shots of the war, reaction to the surrender of Fort Sumter, Lincoln’s Proclamation to add seventy-five thousand volunteers to the war efforts, possible attacks on Fort Pickens, and the Confederate reaction to Lincoln’s Proclamation. During this week, the north was obviously nervous and scared yet felt they would win as well as confused as to why the war was happening at all.
How were injured soldiers treated during the circus war? How does our medical treatments now compare to how they were treated before? Did the way injured soldiers were treated have to do with the cause of their death? Wounds were treated very differently to how they’re treated now and it always makes people wonder how people still survived and were able to live longer. It all reflects on technology, transportation, antiseptic practices, and surgical techniques. Throughout war and history more soldiers died from diseases than they did from injuries and often the medical treatments they would get for their injuries wouldn’t make them better but worse and it was what caused more deaths.
The story of African American soldiers in the American Civil War is often a forgotten one. The history of the war is usually presented as white Northerners versus white Southerners as blacks waited on the sidelines as their fate was determined. This portrayal is highly inaccurate considering over 180,000 African American troops fought in the war and eventually obtained their own regiments under the United States Colored Troops as a part of the Union Army. Composed on May, 22, 1863, the USCT strengthened the Union Army’s numbers and contributed significantly to battles such as the Skirmish at Island Mound and Fort Wagner. Even with their contributions, African American soldiers are often overlooked in favor of other narratives. However, black historian George Washington Williams was one of the first to write the history of black troops today. His belief was that the history of black troops and their valor were a major contribution to American Civil War history. While controversial at the time, this view is not uncommon today and historians have continued to study the significance of black troops. Gregory J. W. Urwin and other historians recently wrote a critique on the treatment of black soldiers, acknowledging atrocities against them were committed often. Urwin tries to provide a honest history to the brutality of the black solider.
During the 1860s there were many issues and that the Southern and Northern states needed to work on. In 1861 hundreds of thousands of Americans volunteered to fight in the Civil War, also known as the First Modern War. The main causes of this war were the economic and social differences between the North and the South. These differences led to other fundamental issues such as slavery and its abolition. In addition to that as the war was coming to its end, federal authorities found themselves presiding over the transition from slavery to freedom.After the war, there was a 12-year period best known as the Reconstruction and the main goals that it had were to get the Confederate States back into the Union, to rebuilt the Southern economy
The tragedies and hardships of the Civil War touch the lives of every citizen, including children. With many of the men away at war, women and children were left to fend for themselves through these hardships on the home front. Children of all races and circumstances experienced their share of struggles. Fear was a dominant emotion among Southern children, particularly the fear of invasions by the Union army. There was a constant threat of physical violence, death, and separation of family. Conscription and evacuations threatened to separate families. Raids resulted in physical violence, destruction of property, and theft. Even if there was no threat of physical harm, the war could interrupted day-to-day life through acts such as
During the cold war, the Confederate soldiers endured a lot of hardships. The course of the Civil War had taken its toll of the Southern soldiers, who were facing rough times both at home and at the front. A major characteristic of the war in the South was the lack of adequate clothing and food, and poor pay or lack thereof. The soldiers had to brave all these wants and still seek to stay motivated to the course to which they had enlisted. Naturally, such hardships would drive any man to the brink of helplessness and hopelessness. Furthermore, there were reports of internal divisions within the ranks of the Confederacy. The hardships, trials, and deaths of fellow soldiers were among the reasons that made the soldiers be hugely driven out
The United States during the Civil war was a divided nation and filled with gruesome fighting. It hit all parts of the country and brought the fighting right to the back yards of families. While the men of the nation fought the combat war, woman fought different wars in the shadows. Fighting split millions of families up, and it affected woman in multiple ways. Challenges differed for woman from North and South. While some woman’s homes were turned into hospitals, other woman had to learn how to tend to their plantations while their husbands were away fighting. Many women disguised themselves as men to fight in the war because in the 1860s, a woman fighting in the war was not allowed yet. Numerous enslaved
During the Civil War there was most troubles occurring between the two nations. The Union was in a better condition than the Confederacy, however, both nations still had their problems during the War. Both nations economy worsen and several resources were lost during the war. War always leads to problems that must be solved and at times it takes time. Several people and organizations from both nations contributed in the war. Both trying to help their side win the war with whatever they could. Whether it was enlisting in the war, sending supplies, or even volunteering in hospitals helped the nation's greatly.
The Civil War had a lasting impact on all families living during the 1860’s in the United States. For some that impact was having family members serve and fight in the battles. For others the battles being fought force families to move for protection. In this assignment, three different families, enumerated on the 1860 and 1870 Census records will be reviewed to identify how the Civil War affected them. These families are direct relatives of Alan Larson.
I figured that the Confederate soldiers would take Cush to the Appomattox to lock him up. I heard of the Appomattox, but I didn’t know anything about it. Just in case I ran into Federals, I put my Union jacket in the back of the wagon. After that, I steer the mules to the Appomattox. In the distance, you can hear cannons firing and rifles shooting away. A half hour into my drive, I hear horses and shouts behind me. Right away, I direct the mules into the grass, and along the edge of the road. I hide behind the wagon as I watch Yankees gallop by on their horses. When the Yankees clear out, I bring the mules back up and continue my journey. Soon, I find bodies with clothes on them. I only find one pair of regular clothes, which I change into, but I can’t find a pair
“War at its basic level has always been about soldiers. Nations rose and fell on the strength of their armies and the men who filled the ranks.” This is a very powerful quote, especially for the yet young country of the United States, for it gives credit where credit is truly due: to the men who carried out the orders from their superiors, gave their blood, sweat and tears, and in millions of cases their lives while fighting for ideals that they believed their country or government was founded upon, and to ensure the continuation of these ideals. Up until the end of the 20th Century, they did so in the worst of conditions, and this includes not only the battle scene, but also every day life. In
The Civil War shook the United States in 1861, forcing families and soldiers, both in the North and South, to reevaluate what it meant to live and die under less-than-ideal circumstances. In Drew Gilpin Faust’s essay, titled The Civil War Soldier and the Art of Dying, Faust goes through every change the Civil War made in the standard perception of death and mourning at the time and the lasting implications death in the Civil War would have for years to come. In every sense, the changes Faust outlines were put in place to cater towards the They of Heideggerian thought and ultimately did not help Civil War soldiers and families think authentically about death, but rather shaped social norms that still support the They and prohibit Dasein from authentically anticipating death as a possibility.
The civil war was a very deadly war and one of the bloodiest in United States history. The civil war began on April 12, 1865 and came to an end on May 9, 1865. The most important men at the time were the brave men who served and fought for what they believed in. In other words, these men were the soldiers. Over the course of the war, around three million men served. Over 110,000 Union soldiers died during combat and deaths due to other complications totaled to over 250,000 men. The Confederate casualties in combat added up to over 95,000, and the amount that died from disease and other things added up to over 165,000 deaths. Overall, approximately 620,00 men had died by the end of the war.
This week we read and discussed the first part of This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Faust. Faust’s thesis, stated in the preface, is: “At war’s end this shared suffering would override persisting difference about the meanings of race, citizenship, and nationhood to establish sacrifice and its memorialization as the goring on which North and South would ultimately reunite (Faust xiii).” The way that America, North and South reacted is in the way that the survivors took care of the injured and what the North and South did with the dead bodies scattered all over the country.
Children played a bigger part in the Civil War than most people know. It is really hard to imagine young children having direct involvement in the Civil War because of how society is today. Now you have to be at least eighteen to be deployed. Back during the Civil War children were trying to enroll at the age of ten. Teenagers were trained to fight in battle on the front lines. Being in the army was not the only important job children had. They played many parts such as taking care of families at home and being drummer boys for the army as well. The girls had to take over the jobs the men and boys had when they went to go fight. Life was not easy for children in the South. For children in the South the war was all around them because that is where most of the fighting took place. There are also many famous children that took part in war. A lot of their lives have been recorded. There are probably other ways that they have contributed that we will never know or understand.