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Ch 12: American Civil War Battles in 1864

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This chapter is your guide to the American Civil War Battles that took place during 1864. These lessons feature video lessons and quizzes that allow you to test your knowledge.

American Civil War Battles in 1864 - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Though the American Civil War ended in 1865, the year 1864 still saw a great deal of fighting. Several campaigns and their battles were vital to the progression of the war. In this chapter, instructors use engaging video lessons to guide you through 1864 and give you the essential information about its battles. In addition to the videos, quizzes test your knowledge of important battles like the Battle of the Wilderness. Other important topics include:

  • Noteworthy campaigns of 1864
  • Significant battles of 1864 and their importance
  • Use of naval ships at the Battle of Mobile Bay
  • How the Union was able to secure Atlanta and Savannah

Video Objective
The Wilderness Campaign: Summary & Significance Analyze the Wilderness Campaign and the particular significance of the Battle of the Wilderness.
The Battle of Spotsylvania: Summary & Significance Explain the importance of the 12-day Battle of Spotsylvania.
The Battle of Cold Harbor: Events & Significance Consider the Battle of Cold Harbor which placed General Ulysses S. Grant against General Robert E. Lee.
The Siege of Petersburg: Summary, Timeline & Significance Outline the 10-month siege that held General Lee and his troops hostage in Petersburg, Virginia.
Shenandoah Valley Campaigns: Summary, Timeline & Significance Compare the Shenandoah Valley Campaigns, which took place in 1862 and 1864.
The Battle of Mobile Bay: Summary & Significance Analyze the Battle of Mobile Bay which pitted the Union's navy against Confederate ships.
General William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign: Summary & Significance Order the events of General Sherman's aggressive campaign to capture Atlanta.
Sherman's March to the Sea Summarize the destructive march that aimed to capture Savannah from the Confederates.
The Battle of Nashville: Summary & Outcome Compile the story behind the two-day Battle of Nashville.

10 Lessons in Chapter 12: American Civil War Battles in 1864
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Wilderness Campaign: Summary & Significance

1. The Wilderness Campaign: Summary & Significance

In this lesson, we will study General Ulysses S. Grant's Wilderness Campaign in Northern Virginia. We will focus especially on the Battle of the Wilderness, which pitted Grant's forces against General Robert E. Lee's Confederate army.

The Battle of Spotsylvania: Summary & Significance

2. The Battle of Spotsylvania: Summary & Significance

In this lesson, we will study the Battle of Spotsylvania, a 12-day battle between the Union army under General Ulysses S. Grant and the Confederate army under General Robert E. Lee.

The Battle of Cold Harbor: Events & Significance

3. The Battle of Cold Harbor: Events & Significance

In this lesson, we will learn about the Battle of Cold Harbor. At this little Virginia town, Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant clashed with Confederate troops under General Robert E. Lee.

The Siege of Petersburg: Summary, Timeline & Significance

4. The Siege of Petersburg: Summary, Timeline & Significance

In this lesson, we will explore the Siege of Petersburg, which lasted 10 months. Union troops under General Grant set up fortifications outside Petersburg, Virginia, while Confederate troops, commanded by General Lee, holed up inside the town.

Primary Source: Richmond Daily Dispatch on August 30, 1864

5. Primary Source: Richmond Daily Dispatch on August 30, 1864

By 1864, the Confederacy was nearing a state of collapse. Not only had the Union inflicted heavy losses in major conflicts like Gettysburg and Antietam, but the Confederate economy and standing of living had nearly bottomed out.

Shenandoah Valley Campaigns: Summary, Timeline & Significance

6. Shenandoah Valley Campaigns: Summary, Timeline & Significance

Virginia's Shenandoah Valley became a battleground more than once during the Civil War. In this lesson, we will explore the Shenandoah Valley Campaigns of 1862 and 1864.

The Battle of Mobile Bay: Summary & Significance

7. The Battle of Mobile Bay: Summary & Significance

In this lesson, we will explore the events and outcome of the 1864 naval battle at Mobile Bay, Alabama, that pitted Admiral David Farragut's Union navy against Admiral Franklin Buchanan's Confederate ships.

General William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign: Summary & Significance

8. General William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign: Summary & Significance

In this lesson, we will discuss General William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign, which took place throughout the spring and summer of 1864. During this campaign, Union troops under General Sherman marched south from Tennessee and eventually captured the Confederate city of Atlanta.

Sherman's March to the Sea

9. Sherman's March to the Sea

In 1864, General William T. Sherman began his Atlanta campaign. His success assured Lincoln's re-election in 1864. Sherman then began his destructive March to the Sea in order to capture Savannah.

The Battle of Nashville: Summary & Outcome

10. The Battle of Nashville: Summary & Outcome

In this lesson, we will examine the Battle of Nashville, which took place on December 15 and 16, 1864. This battle was between the Union soldiers under General George H. Thomas and the Confederate forces commanded by General John Bell Hood.

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