The Confederate States of America Essay

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A culture is the beliefs and interests of a particular group of people. About 150 years ago, a proud and noble culture was created in the Southern portion of the United States. It was created by Southerners from all walks of life, ranging from the gentry to the "good ol' boys." They loved their culture so much that they created a country. It was a country of blue skies, green hills, beautiful meadows and forests, and old-fashioned Southern hospitality. There were large plantations that grew some of the finest crops in the world. Though this country seemed Utopian, its creation soon instituted the bloodiest war in American history, the War For Southern Independence. The beautiful countryside suddenly became a battlefield. The blue skies…show more content…
From Januray 9, 1861 to February 1, six more states joined South Carolina and seceded. These states included Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. Southern delegates from these states met in Montgomery, Alabama, on February 4, to set up a government. Five days later, the delegates elected Jefferson Davis as president and Alexander Stephens was elected vice-president. On March 11, a constitution was adopted for the Confederate States of America. On April 12, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the War For Southern Independence began. Confederate soldiers opened fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Fort Sumter surrendered even though there were no casualties on either side. From April 17 to May 20, four more states seceded from the Union. They included Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. The day after North Carolina's secession, Richmond, Virginia was chosen as the capital of the Confederate States and Robert E. Lee resigned from the United States Army in order to fight for his homeland. The first Battle of Bull Run occurred at Manassas Junction, Virginia on July 21. General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson led the Confederate forces to a victory.
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<br>On February 6, 1862, Fort Henry fell at the hands of Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Ten days later, General Grant captured Fort Donelson. On the morning of March 9, the Confederate ironclad C.S.S. Merrimac
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