Maybe the soldiers didn't even see the irony. Then again, maybe someone did. The Union soldiers weren't prepared for the charge of their Confederate brothers. Many of the Union troops were untrained and undisciplined, but as in so many battles of war, mundane events served to alter the future. General Albert S. Johnston, CSA, had given his commanding generals orders to attack ... ... middle of paper ... ...uring the Peninsula Campaign in 1862.
Not much later towards the end of May of 1861 General Lee established a defensive hold along the small stream of Bull Run located in Manassas. During the Battle of Bull Run McDowell was crushed by Confederate generals Joseph E. Johnston and Pierre Beauregard due to weak planning and it became apparent that this in fact would not be a short-lived war. Next up was the most popular and perhaps the greatest of the commanders, George B. McClellan. After the embarrassing defeats at Bull Run he masterfully regrouped and disciplined the AOP as he himself showed outstanding military presence and was constantly increasing his knowledge of offensive tactics. From spring of 1862 till July of that year General McClellan was successful in driving the Confederates out of West Virginia and he was inching toward the southern capitol of Richmond when General Jeb Stuart under Lee encircled and outmaneuvered McClellan's forces who were driven back and finally held at Malvern Hill during the Seven Days Battle.
One of the more famous was Colonel Thomas Johnathan Jackson... ... middle of paper ... ... the North came to watch what they thought would be an easy victory. The Confederate forces were driven back at the beginning. However Colonel Thomas Jackson held his ground, earning him the nickname “Stonewall” Jackson. However, Confederate reinforcements arrived, along with General Johnston and his 11,000 men, and after fighting defensively, the rebels flanked the Union. While they got a boost of morale and fought harder, the Union army got discouraged.
Lee had thought over this matter for days, and finally decided to resign from the union forces and offer his help to the confederacy. When Lee reached Richmond, Virginia had succeeded and they had a... ... middle of paper ... ...hrew strong attacks at the union forces, but was repulsed with heavy losses. The battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle ever fought in North America. He was criticized for attempting an impossible battle, the union forces had and advantageous position and more men. After Gettysburg, Lee retreated back to Virginia for the rest of the war.
Fort Donelson, Tennessee, guarding the Cumberland River, became the site of the first major Confederate defeat in the Civil War. Victory at Donelson started Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant on his road to Appomattox and the White House. His cool judgment under pressure saved the day after the Confederates threatened to break his troop lines, yet errors by his opponents handed him a victory that he did not fully earn on his own. Possession of the better part of two states vital to the South depended on the outcome of the battle at Fort Donelson. When war began in April 1861, Kentucky declared its neutrality, in response to deep conflicts of opinion among its citizens.
After the loss at Gettysburg, Confederate soldiers began to lose hope. Although spoken to by their commanding officer, the confederate side never regained their once great victories. Later on President Abraham Lincoln gave a rousing speech to the people at a cemetery commemorating the lost lives at Gettysburg. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but treaties and truces are no match for gunfire and cannon balls. Robert E. Lee, Confederate army General, won many battles leading up to Gettysburg.
As Johnson was a Southerner himself, from Tennessee, he was sympatheti... ... middle of paper ... ...’s policies and personality. Over time they took over the immense burden of Reconstruction for the betterment of the country in order to mend the wounds left by the Civil War. Lincoln’s assassination was an extremely destructive incident which, in multiple aspects, still has an impact on the current American society. Historically, the United States never had the chance to reap the potential benefits had Lincoln been able to implement his form of Reconstruction. Instead the country had to suffer the pain of a battle between Andrew Johnson and Congress as the country healed after a bloody and costly war.
MG Hancock’s Division at the Battle of Fredericksburg Introduction of the battle of Fredericksburg Fredericksburg was the meeting place of the Armies of the Potomac and of Northern Virginia because of political pressure for the Union to achieve a decisive military victory. Winfield Scott’s Anaconda plan, which would have strangled the Confederacy into surrender through economic warfare, was overshadowed by impatience in Washington D.C., and by the aspirations of officers who were students of the grand Napoleonic victories that occurred less than a century prior. President Abraham Lincoln demanded a decisive victory. He was tired of his military leadership’s inability to decisively engage and defeat Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Allowing the war to drag on was to the Confederacies advantage.
Gettysburg The battle at Gettysburg is said to be one of the most significant battles throughout the Civil War. Lee and his Confederate army suffered conflicting view among leaders and underestimated the Union forces. Besides President Lincolns famous "Gettysburg Address" speech, that reevaluated Americas purpose for fighting this war, and hoped to reunite the country by restated the Constitution through his own words. This is one piece of history that every soldier, Union or Confederate, could identify. It can be argued that the defeat at Gettysburg cost the Confederate army the Civil War.
The Battle of Vicksburg was a long and bloody battle that tired many soldiers and caused many lives. The two major generals were General Ulysses S. Grant for the Union and Lt. General John C. Pemberton for the Confederate. The other people that helped the Union were Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman, Admiral David Dixon Porter, Colonel Benjamin H Grierson, General John McClernand’s, James McPherson and General Michael Lawler. The other people that helped the Confederate were General Nathan Bedford Forrest, General Earl Van Dom, General Joseph E. Johnston, W. W. Loring and General Robert E. Lee. The first attempt for the Union to capture Vicksburg was in the summer of 1862.