“This Lincoln always publicly condemned the abolitionists who fought slavery by extra constitutional means – and condemned also the mobs who deprived them of their right of free speech and free press.” (Holfstadter, Lincoln and the Self-Made Myth) Other than that, the North had the upper hand in nearly all aspects that really mattered in times of war. With this information it is clear that without Lincoln’s conservative political stands a “Quick War” would have been much more realistic. Either way, the North had won the Civil War before it began. While the North thought about attacking and invading, the South thought about defending and causing attrition. As the Civil War came underway the South’s military, smaller than the North’s, would take heavy blows from the decisions of the Confederacy.
The south’s economy predominately based itself off of agriculture; specifically the growing of tobacco, corn, and cotton. The big southern plantations, owned by several white elitist men, used slavery to operate, another major cause for civil war. The northern economy thrived off of manufacturing and big industrial business. Northern politicians and elite class members supported tariffs and the use of training large armies. As the divide grew, tempers and attitudes flared, as d... ... middle of paper ... ... Civil War because it transferred the upper hand from the Confederates ultimately sealing the Union’s victory.
Perhaps the biggest mistake Lincoln did was underestimating the South what caused many unnecessary deaths. He also did had misjudgments that cause many causalities. Since the beginning of time humanity has fought for what they thought was right. In April 12 of 1861(civilwar.org) The US would begin a fight for civic and moral rights, a civil war that perhaps was the last option for a country to reunite its values. Abraham Lincoln was the president of the time and the person the influence the most the course the war took.
Battle of Gettysburg This most famous and most important Civil War Battle occurred over three hot summer days, July 1 to July 3, 1863, around the small market town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It began as a skirmish but by its end involved 160,000 Americans. Before the battle, major cities in the North such as Philadelphia, Baltimore and even Washington were under threat of attack from General Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia which had crossed the Potomac River and marched into Pennsylvania. The Union Army of the Potomac under its very new and untried commander, General George G. Meade, marched to intercept Lee. On Tuesday morning, June 30, an infantry brigade of Confederate soldiers searching for shoes headed toward Gettysburg (population 2,400).
The North wanted slaves to be free, the South on the other hand wanted slaves. There were many changes that occurred after the Civil War, some of which, the South did not like and some the North did not completely agree with. The Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars in the United States history. The Northern territory of the US were fighting against the Southern territory. The South wanted to succeed from the United States because, they believed that there should be slavery.
Gettysburg was the bloodiest and most important battle in the Civil War. Leading up to The Battle of Gettysburg, two other battles were also fought in Virginia. General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate army, held the field and won both of these battles (Hughes, 12-13). The intensity of the war had only just begun due to the growing friction over slavery between several Southern states and The United States. Up until Gettysburg the Union army had not managed a major victory over General Lee during the early days of summer in 1863.
The North's aggression to control the south lead to the where were it was no longer tolerable for the South. With the election of the anti-slavery Republican Abraham Lincoln, the southern states decided they had to take drastic action in order to protect their own interests. The south had been waiting for an excuse to secede form the union, the election of Lincoln by the North was their chance. The Northern abolitionists' states were mainly responsible for the Civil war in many political, social and economic aspects. Politically, the Northerners contributed immensely to the opening of the Civil War.
Since the end of the end of the American Civil War in 1865, more than a century later many historians are still debating what the precise cause of the war was. Depending on who you discuss the heated issue with everyone can come to a different conclusion. However, there are three main/general cases that most people can agree played a role in this bloody war between a nation’s people, which include slavery, pre-battles(including Bleeding Kansas and John Brown’s raid), and the election of President Lincoln. For one, a common assumption to explain the cause of the American Civil War was that the North no longer wanted to tolerate slavery in the United States. Therefore, most people can agree that slavery was the central key issue in which the other causes stemmed from.
c. If this battle wasn’t fought, the South might have had the man-power to eventually win the war d. America would either have had another civil war, or we might still be a slave nation today. V. Conclusion a. Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle that was ever fought on American soil. It dramatically changed the course of the Civil War and helped the North to win the war against slavery. It would most certainly have been a different outcome if this war was never fought, but for the good of this nation, it was.
The south was also fighting a defensive war, meaning that they only had to focus on defending their territory. These advantages seemed to be enough to counter strong union forces until the battles of Vicksburg and Gettysburg. This was the major turning point in the war. Under command of General Ulysses S. Grant, the Union took victory... ... middle of paper ... ...es seemed to open to some new ways. He found that he could look back upon the brass and bombast of his earlier gospels and see them truly.