The Army of the Potomac was heading toward the capital of the Confederacy which at this time was Richmond, Virginia. The Confederates turned the Federals around toward the North. Yet this was not a great win for the rebels. Major General Stonewall Jackson was shot and killed by one of his own men by mistake and Lee was still outnumbered by the Federals. But the situation... ... middle of paper ... ... Bruce.
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Abraham Lincoln is best remembered as being America’s first war president. In the nineteenth century, the American presidency had seen nothing like the Civil War, and war was upon Lincoln before he or anyone else considered how the position of Commander-in-Chief fit into the Constitution. This resulted in an unorganized thought process and policy. Brian Dirck, author of the article “Lincoln as Commander in Chief,” writes: He did not have the luxury of creating intellectually cohesive, internally consistent methods in the midst of the very messy business of civil war. Driven by circumstances and his own background to more or less improvise an approach to presidential warmaking [sic], Lincoln was above all else pragmatic and realistic, blending caution and boldness as circumstances required.
2 Daniel Roland Fusfield, p. 167. 3 Arthur Meier Schlesinger, The Age of Roosevelt, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1957) p. 43. 4 Arnold A. Offner, America and the Origins of World War II, 1933-1941, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971) pp. 98-176. 5 Robert H. Ferrell, America as a World Power, 1872-1945, (New York: Harper & Row Publishers Inc., 1971), p. 265.
The characteristics of the American North and American South prior to the civil differed greatly in regard to economic, political and social factors, thus setting the stage for the most divisive battle between fellow American citizens that America had experienced to date. The American civil war lasted for five long years, from 1860 to 1865, and the effects of the civil war left a long lasting hostile divide on America’s social, political and economic scenes, both in the North and South. The uniquely different characteristics of the American North and South and how they interact with each other would be changed forever. The Civil War was the most divisive war in American history. In the early 1800s, the United States experienced a growth of nationalism and unity, but it was replaced by sectionalism, leading to the Civil War.
King Philip’s War In 1675, the Algonquian Indians rose up in fury against the Puritan Colonists, sparking a violent conflict that engulfed all of Southern New England. From this conflict ensued the most merciless and blood stricken war in American history, tearing flesh from the Puritan doctrine, revealing deep down the bright and incisive fact that anger and violence brings man to a Godless level when faced with the threat of pain and total destruction. In the summer of 1676, as the violence dispersed and a clearing between the hatred and torment was visible, thousands were dead. (Lepore xxi) Indian and English men, women, and children, along with many of the young villages of New England were no more; casualties of a conflict that was both devastating to the lives and the landscape of New England, as well as the ideologies of both the Indians and the English Puritans that inhabited this land. (Lepore 18) King Philip’s war was not the basic Indian war that plagues American history.
This quandary ultimately sets the stage for a number of inevitable conflicts culminating in South Carolina’s secession from the Union and a great civil war. “Was a civil war inevitable over slavery in America? No. A w... ... middle of paper ... ...nneth C., Don’t Know Much About the Civil War, New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1996. Pg.