Civil war…gives me the shivers just thinking about it! Americans fighting Americans? Come on!! Well, that what I am going to be talking about…The American Civil War.
The fighting began in April of 1861, when the battle of fort Sumter in South Carolina. The confederate wanted to control this fort…because…well South Carolina is a confederate state. The South won the battle, and the war began.
The North lost lots of battle at the beginning, for example the battle at Bull Run. Oh, and people would sit on a near hill…and watch the fighting! (Crazy!!!) The reason why the North was losing is believed to be that the South had Robert E. Lee. But the North found an answer to him.
Ulysses S. Grant!! The battle in Shiloh, Tennessee had around 3,400 deaths! Then the Emancipation Proclamation freed all slaves in the Southern States! (Slavery ended after the Civil war).
The battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle. 51,000 casualties, and 6,700 people dead! After that it was Sherman’s March to the Sea, he and his troops devastated the state of Georgia! He burned crops, took the food, killed livestock, and wrecking the local infrastructure!
Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on April 9, 1865. Great!!! Right?
Well, five days later Abraham Lincoln was assassinated!! His killer John Wilkes Booth, a Maryland Actor who was angry about the South’s defeat!! (Anger; another emotion that we must learn to control).