Did the North Win the Civil War before it Began? I agree with the idea that the North had won the Civil War before it began to the extent of Lincoln’s conservative political stands. Trying to receive the favor of the South while winning in the North would require Lincoln to take neutral stands in heated political issues like slavery. It wasn’t really wan by the North until he broke away from these stands to enact the Emancipation Proclamation and turn the tides of war in favor of the North. “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.
The Union had reason for distress and had much to lose if The Civil War turned to be a Confederate victory. For the first two years of the war the Union Military battled in the states taking hard hits but the Battle of Gettysburg created a turning point in the Civil War because it transferred the upper hand from the Confederates ultimately sealing the Union’s victory. Before civil war broke out, several parts of history foreshadowed the growing divide between the northern and southern areas of the United States. One being, differences in culture and lifestyle. The south’s economy predominately based itself off of agriculture; specifically the growing of tobacco, corn, and cotton.
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. There were many reasons why the South wanted to secede, reasons the North wanted to maintain the Union, and the controversy surrounding slavery and steps taken ... ... middle of paper ... ...enth Amendment was ratified. Finally freeing all slaves in America. Economically, the war was a blessing for the North. While a disaster for the South.
To do this, Lincoln used the Emancipation Proclamation to turn the Civil War into a crusade: both for America, and for God. It is this final factor that proved the most influential. The economy of America’s Southern states had been utterly dependent on slavery for decades before Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Proclamation. However, it was at this point that... ... middle of paper ... ... was able to deter the British and French governments from invading on the Confederate side. More important than this, though, was the appearance of the War to the Northern electorate.
In ... ... middle of paper ... ...ss of one’s race. Subsequently, this led to the abolishment of slavery and establishment of laws that made the practice illegal. It also led to the centrality of power where the scope of the national government was widened. The war had also played a major role in the realization of the milestones we see today in terms of liberty, equality, and centralization of power which were influenced by Locke’s school of thought. Conclusion Gettysburg battle marks the most theatrical moment in the American civil wars.
These battles were won, in part, with new outside support, weapons and supplies. The momentum had shifted and the American’s came to Yorktown with renewed vigor and determination to defeat the British. Had the Americans not won the battles of Saratoga, the entire face of the revolution would have changed. A continued string of defeats would have prevented the French from joining and would have further defeated the American’s efforts. The turning point of Saratoga was the motivating force that resulted in Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown and sealed the future for the establishment of The United States of America.
The Emancipation Proclamation greatly affected the Civil War. It helped pave the way for the Union to win the War. But, this great declaration of independence did have some holes. Historians throughout history have thought many things about the Emancipation Proclamation. Many of the historian’s thoughts proved that Lincoln had a greater reason than to “free the slaves.” With this document, he planned to win the war for the Union army.
“Stonewall” Jackson’s capture of Harper’s Ferry prompted Confederate leadership to try to embark on a campaign into Union soil. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson’s men prospected Harpers Ferry intensely before attempting to seize the garrison post, and their swift victory was reflective of the tactical prowess that had defeated the Union f... ... middle of paper ... ... Lincoln’s deliverance of the Emancipation Proclamation, effectively freeing the slaves in rebellion states and destroying Confederate chances of allying with European countries. The costs of the campaign of Antietam were immensely severe, as such great losses of life were surely accompanied with brutal psychological issues and destruction of morale. Similarly, it allowed for Lincoln’s issuing of a presidential proclamation dismantling the economic and cultural landscape of the south. What was most ironic about the effects of Antietam is that Lee’s masterful strategy on the battlefield against a comparably miserable showing by McClellan actually led to a Confederate “loss” and rejuvenated Union.
On September 17, 1862, General Robert E. Lee’s army crossed to the Union territory for the first time hoping that a victory on their land would end the war. Both General Lee and the Confederate’s President Jefferson Davis, thought that a successful invasion would convince France and Great Britain to officially recognize the Confederacy as a nation. Union soldiers led by General McClellan were desperate to get the enemy back to their land. The cannon fire had become so intense that Confederate Colonel Stephen D. Lee, who commande... ... middle of paper ... ...tietam on September 17, 1862, Lincoln knew it was time to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation reflected Lincoln's high-minded morality and his new way of thinking about the issue of slavery.
The Civil War did many things to the United States, good and poor. President Abraham Lincoln says that, the Civil War was "a new birth of freedom." The Civil War was a fight that the South started, by wanting to succeed from the United States. The South wanted to succeed because they thought that they needed slavery, and the United States was close to banning slavery. The North wanted slaves to be free, the South on the other hand wanted slaves.