Civil War

Articles on the American Civil War and the principle figures involved. Includes timelines and detailed descriptions.


What was the Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War?

The Battle of Gettysburg (July 1–3 1863) was by far the battle in the American Civil War that had the most casualties, with over 51,000 wounded, of which 7,863 dead. Gettysburg lasted 3 days, and the battle with the second highest amount of fatalities for the Civil...

Why Did the North Win the Civil War?

After his surrender to Gen. Grant, Gen. Robert Lee wrote a farewell to his Confederate soldiers, stating that his army was forced to surrender due to “overwhelming numbers and resources.” Although the Confederates fought fiercely, historians agree that the...

Why Was The Battle of Gettysburg Important?

The Battle of Gettysburg was the largest battle that was ever fought in the U.S., with around 85,000 men fighting for three consecutive days. But why was the Battle of Gettysburg so important and is it considered to be a turning point of the war? It clearly did not...
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How Long Did the Civil War Last?

The Civil War, one of the bloodiest wars fought on American soil, lasted for four years. Between 620,000 and 750,000 American soldiers died during this time. Beginning of the War The Civil War began on April 12, 1861, when the Confederates bombed and took over Fort...

How Many Soldiers Died in the Civil War?

An 1889 study by Thomas L. Livermore and William F. Fox placed the number of fatalities from not only combat, but also disease, starvation and accidents on around 620,000. This number represented around 360,000 from the Union (North) and 260,000 from the Confederates....

Where did the Civil War Begin?

The Civil War started on the 12th of April, 1861 in Charleston Bay, South Carolina, when the Confederates opened fire on the Union-controlled Fort Sumter. Why Fort Sumter? After seven Southern states declared secession, South Carolina demanded that the United States...

Why Did the Battle of Gettysburg Happen?

The Battle of Gettysburg, which became the largest battle ever fought in the U.S., started out as a chance encounter between the Union and Confederate Forces. After his victory at Chancellorsville in Virginia, Confederate commander Lee decided to focus on invading the...
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When Did the Civil War End?

The Civil War, which many refer to as the four bloodiest years in American history, came to an end in the spring of 1865, when Robert E. Lee and the last, major Confederate army surrendered at the Appomattox Courthouse to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9. Lee was actually...
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