Civil War

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


Emancipation and the Military Use of Former Slaves

After a cautious start in 1861 and early 1862, President Lincoln president began moving toward the use of the slavery issue to weaken the Confederacy. His caution was due to fears of losing the border states, especially Kentucky, to the Confederacy (the rocky rollout...
Civil War Causes

Civil War Causes: Where it All Started

Civil War Causes: The tumultuous 1850s. The 1850s were a tumultuous time for America and for both Lincoln and Grant. Although he encountered political defeats in Illinois, Lincoln nevertheless ascended to national prominence and the presidency. Grant, on the other...
Mexican-American War

The Mexican-American War from Lincoln and Grant’s Perspective

The Mexican-American War provided both Lincoln and Grant with their first exposure to the complexities of war. When the fighting ended, Grant was a twenty-six-year-old captain who had been decorated for his bravery; Lincoln was a thirty-eight-year-old freshman...
Lincoln and Grant

Lincoln and Grant: Winning the Civil War & the US Presidency

Lincoln and Grant did a successful prosecution of the Civil War which resulted from a combination of positive personality traits, extraordinary interpersonal respect and loyalty, and a cooperative working relationship. The two created such a great partnership,...
Grant and Lee

Grant and Lee: Unraveling Stories of Winning & Losing

Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee were the generals primarily responsible for the outcome of America’s great Civil War. Superseded in overall importance only by their respective presidents, Abraham Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis, Grant and Lee were the key players on...
Grant and Lee a Study In Contrasts

Comparing Grant and Lee: A Study In Contrasts

Grant and Lee: A Study In Contrasts From the earliest postwar days, Robert E. Lee was praised as a military genius. Typical is this statement by Lee’s Adjutant-General Walter H. Taylor: “It is well to bear in mind the great inequality between the two contending...
South Mountain Battle Casualties

Battle of South Mountain Casualties in the Maryland Campaign

The Battle of South Mountain casualties total 2,346 soldiers, out 28,000 who fought for the Union, while the Confederates lost 3,434  out of 18,000 soldiers. The Battle of South Mountain is also known as Battle of Boonsboro Gap in some Southern accounts. It happened...
Harpers Ferry Casualties

Harpers Ferry Casualties in the Maryland Campaign

The number of Harpers Ferry casualties shows Stonewall Jackson’s tactical brilliance, with only 286 Confederate soldiers killed, compared to the Union’s loss of 12,000 men. The Union also surrendered its garrison (13,000 small arms, 200 wagons, and 73...

Second Battle of Bull Run Casualties

The Second Battle of Bull Run casualties were so numerous that almost 24,000 soldiers from Union and Confederate sides perished. SECOND BATTLE OF BULL RUN CASUALTIES /SECOND MANASSAS/SECOND BULL RUN (AUGUST 28–30, 1862) Source Confederate Union Alexander, Lost...
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