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- Strengths and weaknesses of the North and South
- Outcomes of the First Battle of Bull Run
- Key Civil War battles in 1862
- The context and legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation
- Effects of the Civil War on everyday life in the North and South
- Civil War turning points at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg
- General Grant's march toward Richmond
- Sherman's march to the sea
- Lincoln's assassination
- Lee's surrender at Appomattox
1. Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared
At the outbreak of the American Civil War, both the North and South believed the conflict would be over quickly. But advantages for both the Confederacy and the Union meant a prolonged war between the states. In this lesson, discover some of the advantages that the North and South had.
2. The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed
Three months after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Northern troops attacked Southern forces near the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The first Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas) was the first major engagement of the Civil War and a terrifying defeat for the Union spectators who came to watch.
3. Key Civil War Battles in 1862: Monitor and Merrimac, Antietam, New Orleans & Shiloh
In 1862, the Union put its Anaconda Plan into action, resulting in several critical events: the Peninsular Campaign, the Battle of Hampton Roads between the ironclads Monitor and Virginia (Merrimack), the Battle of Shiloh, the capture of New Orleans, and the Battle of Antietam.
4. The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. More than three million slaves in the South were freed, but the move was not without its critics, both then and now.
5. How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South
With the strongest and most productive demographic of society away fighting in the Civil War, the task of running homes, communities, and the nation fell to those who stayed behind. The war on the home front changed their lives forever.
6. Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg
In 1863, three events proved to be turning points for the American Civil War: the Battle of Chancellorsville, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Siege of Vicksburg. Learn about these Civil War turning points in this lesson.
7. End of the Civil War: General Grant Begins the March Toward Richmond
President Lincoln took a gamble and named Ulysses S. Grant as General-in-Chief of the Union army. They devised a plan to finally take Richmond and win the war in 1864. In this lesson, learn about General Grant's controversial tactics.
8. 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.
9. Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse
Two of the most eventful weeks in American history took place between April 1 and April 15, 1865, during which Richmond (the capital of the Confederacy) fell, General Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse and President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
10. Landed Gentry: Definition & Explanation
In this lesson we explore the concept of landed gentry. A slightly nebulous term including several classes of people, landed gentry in Great Britain were those who did not have to work for a living and did not hold a title.
11. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign of 1864: Summary & History
The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 saw Union General William T. Sherman and his army fight against Confederate General Joseph Johnston's Army of Tennessee. The campaign culminated in the capture of Atlanta by Union forces and was a major Union victory.
12. Sherman's March to the Sea: Summary, Facts & Timeline
During Sherman's 1864 March to the Sea, Major General William T. Sherman moved his army across the state of Georgia, destroying Confederate war resources and significantly damaging the Confederacy's ability to wage war.
13. Slave Codes in the South: Definition & Examples
At the height of slavery, many parts of the South had more slaves than free people. Learn how the fear of revolt combined with the monetary investment slaves represented drove the Southern states to enact the slave codes.
14. Slave Revolts in America: History & Explanation
One of the most distressing and violent aspects of American history was the institution of slavery. Learn more about the history of slave revolts and test your knowledge with a quiz.
15. Union Blockade of the South: History & Map
The Civil War may be the ugliest piece of American history. Learn here what forced the Confederacy to surrender - the blockade of the southern economy.
16. Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Civil War: Definition & Suspension
The writ of habeas corpus is an ancient law that acts to protect an arrested individual. Learn how President Lincoln utilized his executive powers to suspend the writ during the Civil War.
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