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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in an early unit of a standard Civil War and Reconstruction course. Topics covered include:
- Secession of the Southern states
- The creation of the Confederacy
- Advantages of the North and South
- The Battle of Fort Sumter
- The First Battle of Bull Run
- The Battle of Ball's Bluff
1. Secession of the Southern States: Causes & Timeline
In this lesson, we will explore the secession of the 11 states that made up the Confederate States of America. We will discover their reasons for leaving the Union and take a look at the motives of the slave states that chose not to join the Confederacy.
2. The Creation of the Confederacy: Leadership & Goals
In this lesson, we will take a look at the 1861 creation of the Confederate States of America. We will examine the new country's government, meet its leaders, and learn about its goals.
3. The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War
South Carolina's attack on a U.S. military outpost triggered the American Civil War. Learn more about the Battle of Fort Sumter and the consequences of the fort's surrender to the Confederacy.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. The Battle of Ball's Bluff: Summary & Political Ramifications
In this lesson, we will study the Battle of Ball's Bluff, which took place on October 21, 1861. We will examine the actions leading up to the battle, the battle itself, and the political ramifications that occurred as a result of the battle.
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Other chapters within the The Civil War and Reconstruction: Help and Review course
- 19th Century America: Help and Review
- The Slavery Debate of the 1800s: Help and Review
- Political Unrest in 1860: Help and Review
- War Campaign Strategies in 1862: Help and Review
- Civil War Events of 1863: Help and Review
- The Build Up to the War's End: Help and Review
- The Defeat of the Confederate Army: Help and Review
- Reconstruction and Social Reforms: Help and Review