The Civil War, Lasting From 1861-1865, Consisted Of Numerous

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The Civil War, lasting from 1861-1865, consisted of numerous bloody battles, military involvements and other historically significant events. There were over ten thousand events, fifty of them being major.. These battles stretched across twenty-three states and caused over half a million casualties. America was divided between the confederates and union. One of these events started in Fort Sumter, South Carolina. The Confederate States of America were a chain of eleven southern states that separated from the union. It began with Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas. The Battle of Fort Sumter, being one of the first of many battles of the Civil War, was located at the Charleston Harbor, South…show more content…
Obviously, from this we can tell that the Union was clearly prepared and armed for any mishaps that could come. With the newly confederate state of South Carolina being unfrighten by this, they issued an attack. President Lincoln became president in 1860, causing the secession of South Carolina and many other states from the Union. They didn’t believe in the same rights as President Lincoln was going to put into action. Fort Sumter of South Carolina (a confederate state) was still held down by the union and their troops because the confederate states were such a new dynamic. Because of this, South Carolina decided to bombard and fire on Fort Sumter, which began a thirty-four hour battle. The confederates just wanted their land filled with people that shared the same belief system as everyone else. They wanted the union out of their harbor and they believed the way to do that when denied their wish, was to attack. Sydmonds explains my view on this issue very well, “Lincoln did not seek or expect a military solution. He had no intention of forcing the issue, believing as he did that the majority of Southerners retained some latent loyalty to the old flag and that they had simply been swept up by the emotion of the moment. He hoped that a period of quiet resolve would bring most of them to their senses and allows a national reunification without the shedding of blood. Time, he hoped, would be the great healer.”2 This all happened out of a sort of emotional

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