Civil War

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


Who Won the Battle of Bull Run?

The First battle of Bull Run or First Manassas was the first large land battle fought during the Civil War. It ended up a clear victory for the Confederates. Summary of the Battle of Bull Run The conflict took place close to Manassas Junction, Virginia. Around 35,000...

Who Won the Battle of Gettysburg?

The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and the largest one ever fought on American soil, involving around 75,000 Confederate soldiers and 85,000 soldiers on the Union’s side. The battle had around 51,000 casualties and started out as...

Weapons Used in the Civil War

Historians often refer to the Civil War as the first “modern” war because it made use of the most advanced warfare and technology that was available during that time. The Civil War also lead to a couple of military innovations, including the Minie ball,...
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Who Won the Battle of Shiloh?

Although Shiloh means “Place of Peace,” the Battle of Shiloh, or Battle of Pittsburg Landing was one of the bloodiest fought during the Civil War. The battle was fought over two days and what looked to be a Confederate victory, ended in the Union’s...

What was the Purpose of the Missouri Compromise?

As with most compromises, the purpose of the Missouri Compromise was to maintain peace, and it has managed to do exactly that for 30 years before the conflict about slavery in North America finally escalated. All About Numbers In 1819, just 5 years after the country...

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...
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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...

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....
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