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Students will review:
In this chapter, you'll learn the answer to questions including:
- Who triumphed in the first battle of Bull Run?
- What were some key Civil War battles?
- What was the legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation?
- What were some turning points of the Civil War?
- How did Sherman's Atlanta campaign impact President Lincoln's re-election?
- What were the terms of General Lee's surrender?
1. Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared
Leaders on both sides thought of the Civil War that began with an attack on Ft. Sumter in 1861 would end quickly, but each side had numerous advantages that would enable both armies to prolong the war. Compare these advantages of the Northern and Southern sides and each side's ability to fight a longer, bloodier war than most had envisioned.
2. The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed
The Battle of Bull Run was the first substantial engagement of the Civil War. Learn about the battle, which resulted in some 5,000 casualties, the events that led to the skirmish, and the aftermath of the blood that was shed by both the North and the South during the first significant battle of the Civil War.
3. Key Civil War Battles in 1862: Monitor and Merrimac, Antietam, New Orleans & Shiloh
The Union's Anaconda Plan for the Civil War led to several key battles in 1862. Learn about the battle between the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac in the Battle of Hampton Roads, review the Battle of Shiloh, which led to the fall of New Orleans, and explore the setbacks in the Battle of Antietam.
4. The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy
On Jan. 1, 1863, more than three million slaves held mostly in southern states in America were freed by President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Learn about the creation, context, legacy, and explore contemporary controversies of the Emancipation Proclamation.
5. How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South
The Civil War affected the lives of virtually every man, woman, and child living in America between April 1861 and April 1865. Learn about the impacts of the Civil War on the economies of the North and South, and discover the roles that women played during the war, and how the war transformed entire communities.
6. Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg
Three battles in 1863 were turning points in the Civil War. Learn how the battles at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg during the third year of the war and explore the decisions of generals on both sides.
7. End of the Civil War: General Grant Begins the March Toward Richmond
Learn how the Civil War ended and how General Ulysses S. Grant began the march toward Richmond, Va. Explore General Grant's successes and failures in the battles of 1864, and how President Abraham Lincoln resisted calls to replace Grant.
8. Sherman's March to the Sea
In 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered General William Tecumseh Sherman to capture Atlanta, Georgia, before heading toward the coast in an attempt to secure President Lincoln's reelection and end the Civil War. Learn more about the path of destruction Sherman and his men carved from Atlanta to Savannah, infamously known as Sherman's March to the Sea, and its effects on the 1864 election.
9. Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse
Several significant events in American history took place in the last two weeks of the Civil War in 1865. Explore the history of Richmond Falls and learn about General Lee's surrender and President Lincoln's Assassination.
10. What Was the Underground Railroad? - History, Facts & Route
The Underground Railroad was made up of safe houses and compassionate individuals who helped slaves escape from the South toward freedom in the North. Explore the facts about the Underground Railroad and discover examples of routes that were taken to help deliver enslaved people from bondage.
11. Role of Elizabeth Blackwell in the Civil War
Being a Civil War soldier was dangerous, not just because of battles but also due to the diseases soldiers could contract in military camps. This lesson discusses the actions of one woman who sought to improve this situation for soldiers!
12. The Union & the Confederacy: Map & Major Events
The Civil War was fought between the Union and Confederacy, but who actually fought on each side? In this lesson, we'll talk about how the map of America changed across the Civil War.
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Other chapters within the Middle School US History: Help and Review course
- First Contacts in the Americas: Help and Review
- Settling North America & the Colonies: Help and Review
- The Revolutionary War: Help and Review
- The Making of a Nation after the American Revolution: Help and Review
- Virginia Dynasty: Help and Review
- The Jacksonian Democracy: Help and Review
- Everyday Life in Antebellum America: Help and Review
- Manifest Destiny & American Expansion: Help and Review
- Buildup to the American Civil War: Help and Review
- After the Civil War - Reconstruction: Help and Review
- American Industrialization of the Late 19th Century: Help and Review
- The Progressive Era of the Early 20th Century: Help and Review
- American Imperialism & World War l: Help and Review
- 1920s America: Help and Review
- America and the Great Depression: Help and Review
- America and the Second World War: Help and Review
- Post-War and the Cold War: Help and Review
- Civil Rights Movements in America: Help and Review
- America in the 1970s: Help and Review
- America in the 1980s: Help and Review
- America from 1992 to the Present: Help and Review