The Civil War: Bloodiest War in American History

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At what one might call the climax of the bloodiest war in American history, there were two men who had a bond that was much stronger than this all-consuming war. These men had enough faith in each other and in themselves to help them through the war. Both men were fighting for what they solely believed in and even with their different opinions, they still had each other’s back when they didn’t have each other. The friendship of Lewis Armistead and Winfield Hancock shows that even one of the strongest forces, war, is still weaker than the friendship these men two held for a majority of their lives. Holding a friendship through a major disagreement is difficult, but these men were able to maintain their strong-willed friendship through more than just their individual differences, but maintained their friendship through the war that was destined to tear them apart. Lewis Armistead, Winfield Hancock, and his wife Almira Hancock met in 1844 when they began to grow their strong friendship that would last 17 years before the war and to the point of Armistead’s death (Don Troiani). Them men then went on to fight in the Mexican War together, which further strengthened their relationship. (Brothers War). The Mexican War produced hundreds of leaders that went on to fight in the Civil War, therefore the war was named the “training ground” of future Civil War leaders. (Brothers War). After the Mexican War, the three friends were reunited where their friendship continued to grow into an unbreakable bond. When the Civil War broke out between the two nations, Armistead and Hancock had to decide what side they would fight for. Hancock, being a man from Pennsylvania, chose to fight for the Union Army. Armistead wasn’t going fight against his home,... ... middle of paper ... ...of-friends-at-war-lewis-armistead-and-winfield-scott-hancock/>. Gaffney, Dennis. "10 Surprising Civil War Facts." A&E Television Networks, 10 May 2011. Web. 26 May 2014. . Pennymaker, Isaac R. "Pickett's Charge." Civil War Trust. Web. 25 May 2014. . Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels. New York: Random House Group, 2003. Web. Troiani, Don. "Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead & Major General Winfield Scott Hancock: Best Friends and Enemies." Brigadier General Lewis A. Armistead & Major General Winfield Scott Hancock: 222-23. Civil War Trust. Web. 26 May 2014. .
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