The Civil War For Dummies

The Civil War For Dummies

Keith D. Dickson

Language: English

Pages: 408

ISBN: 0764552449

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Civil War was America's trial by fire; its battles forged the nation we know today. We're still fascinated with it -- the national reckoning with slavery, the legendary generals and leaders, the epic and bloody clashes of armies, the impact on the daily lives of ordinary people. We visit its battlefields -- mostly idyllic patches of countryside near small towns and creeks -- where more Americans died in combat than in all other wars combined, except for World War Two. And we tell its stories -- of last charges, brother fighting brother, imprisonment and emancipation, and tragedy and rebirth. It is our country's epic; the story of how we became who we are, and what price we paid. The Civil War For Dummies is your complete introduction to this seminal conflict. Eschewing tedious historical pondering and military micro--analysis, this fun and information--rich guide gives an accurate overview of the event, from the war's causes through the fighting to the aftermath. Inside you'll discover: 1850--1860: what led to war * First Bull Run: illusions lost * Antietam: the bloodiest day * The Emancipation Proclamation * Heroes and goats of each major battle * Jackson's Valley Campaign * Sherman's March to the Sea * Surrender at Appomattox * And much more Full of sidebars and illustrations, The Civil War For Dummies brings history to life with personalities, factoids, battle reports, strategic maps, and "what ifs." In addition to the military and political history, you'll also find out about: * The African American experience in the war * Women and the Civil War * Native Americans and the war * The life of the common soldier * Banking and finance systems and the war "Firsts" that make the Civil War history's first modern war * Civil War food * Civil War tourism: the best battlefields to visit, and how to get the most out of your trip Written in an accessible style so you can start reading at any point in the story, The Civil War For Dummies makes a great cornerstone for learning about this violent and compelling chapter of American history.

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resisted Confederate General Ewell’s attack on the Union left flank. On June 18, as part of Grant’s order for a coordinated mass assault on the Petersburg defenses, the 1st Maine led the attack. As soon as the Confederate defenders started firing, all but the 1st Maine halted their attack. Of the 850 men who began that charge, 635 were killed or wounded as they crossed the open ground. The 1st Maine Heavy Artillery has the terrible distinction of suffering the greatest losses in one engagement of

second-guessed Generals, they also did some good, tracking down corrupt contractors and identifying egregious wastes and inefficiencies in the use of government funds. Non-Wartime legislation The war was a boon for the Republicans. For years, the slavery controversy had prevented regional political alliances from dealing with legislation intended to support westward expansion and settlement. The Southern congressmen had always opposed every internal improvement measure, mostly because they

Minesweeping: Naval Mines Known as torpedoes during the Civil War, thousands of these new inventions were placed in the channels and waterways of the South’s main ports for defense against Northern warships. In fact, most of the losses the Union navy experienced in the war were a result of a ship striking one of these torpedoes. This caused the Union navy to develop its own countermeasures to protect its ships from torpedoes. One of the countermeasures that it developed was the minesweeper — a

fter the election of 1860, only a few Southern states took the drastic step of secession. The actions of two leaders, James Buchanan, the outgoing president, and Abraham Lincoln, the incoming president, would determine whether other Southern states would follow. With very few options and time running out, both men sought to satisfy two conflicting conditions at the same time — to assert the rights of the United States and to avoid war. On the other side, the seceded states created the

reached the sanctuary of Harrison’s Landing, now protected by warships of the U.S. Navy. One of McClellan’s first actions upon arriving there was to telegraph Washington requesting 100,000 more men. The Seven Days battles were over. The Significance of the Campaign McClellan’s campaign to capture Richmond was soundly planned but poorly executed, due largely to McClellan’s inability to make the transition from trainer and organizer to field commander. In the office, as the leader and

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