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THE CIVIL WAR. **Beginnings of the actual war -Fort Sumter (SC) — one of the last forts held by N -it had low supplies & might have to give up -Lincoln knew he could not send troops or the S would fight -decided to tell S he would send provisions NOT reinforcements -S didn’t see a difference.

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**Beginnings of the actual war

-Fort Sumter (SC) — one of the last forts held by N

-it had low supplies & might have to give up

-Lincoln knew he could not send troops or the S would fight

-decided to tell S he would send provisions NOT reinforcements

-S didn’t see a difference


-Apr. 12, 1861 S opened fire & after 32 hours took the fort

-N saw it as a provocation

-Apr. 15 — Lincoln called for 75,000 militia and the Civil War began

  • Border states: Missouri, KY, MD, Del., & later W.VA (6/20/1863) remained neutral

    -important due to rivers for navigating & manufacturing in KY, MD, Missouri

    -high white population



  • **Advantages & Disadvantages free the Blacks

  • South Adv.

    (1) fighting on own soil

    (2) only fight to a draw

    (3) fighting for way of life

    (4) most talented officers

    [Lee, Stonewall Jackson]

    (5) men were good at fighting


  • South free the BlacksDisadv

    (1) no factories

    (2) few RR’s

    (3) only 9,103,332 pop.

    [3,521,110 in slaves, 1.2 million combat age]

    (4) only $47 million in bank


  • North Adv. 100,000 free the Blacks

    (1) had both farms & factories

    (2) 23 states & 7 territories [Calif., Ore, KY, Md, MO]

    (3) Some 20,000 miles of RR track

    (4) controlled the seas [superior navy]

    (5) larger armies

    (6) larger pop. (22,339,989) [4 mill, combat age]

    (7) $189 million in bank deposit


  • North free the BlacksDisadv

    (1) Military, not well trained

    (2) less talented mil. leaders

    (3) had to “go into the South”

  • What if….

    (a) Border states secedes?

    (b) Upper Miss. River Valley states stayed with the Union?

    (c) North demanded an armistice?

    (d) Europe broke blockade


**Expanding Presidential Powers & Limiting Liberties (North) free the Blacks

-All of the following were done by Lincoln but later approved by Congress

Lincoln created a blockade around the South

-increased size of military

-ordered $2 million from the US Treasury for mil. Purposes

-suspended writ of habeas corpus

-held supervised elections in Border States, intimidated voters, limited the right of some newspapers


  • Northern Army free the Blacks

    -1st relied on volunteers (quota from each state)

    -1863 Congress passed a draft (rich could hire subs or pay to the govt. $300 not to go)

    -result: “Bounty Brokers” would go to the poor houses in Eng. to get men to enlist


  • Southern Army free the Blacks

    -enlisted men aged 17 to 50

    -used a draft earlier

    -called “a rich man’s war, but a poor man’s fight”

  • Women’s role

    -worked in factories, tended to the sick (1st female doctor Elizabeth Blackwell) nurses (Clara Barton)


War battles begin
War Battles Begin free the Blacks

(battles named differently: North named them for the waterways closest by; south for the nearest communities)

-Lincoln originally planned to fight for 90 days

-he did not necessarily want to get rid of slavery

-only get the South to come back


**1st Battle of Bull Run (Manassas Junction) {30 miles SW of DC}

-July 21, 1861 — 1st major battle

-Union troops fled but the Conf. were too tired to follow and finish

  • *Effects:

    -psychologically = (a) gave South too much confidence, (b) some felt it was already over, (c) hurt North’s morale for quick victory & caused them to buckle down


  • **Lincolns plan of total war: The Anaconda Plan DC}

    (1) blockade South

    (2) free slaves & remove economic base in South

    (3) take Miss. River & cut South in half

    (4) cut it up by putting troops in GA & the Carolinas

    (5) take Richmond

    (6) wear them down



-crucial because of the war

(1) Br. & Fr. were on the verge of intervening but since N won they held off;

(2) gave Lincoln reason to announce the Emancipation Proclamation

**Emancipation Proclamation —Jan. 1, 1863

-“The Old South will be destroyed”

-declared “forever free” the slaves in those Confed. States still in rebellion

-border state slaves not effected (about 800,000)


-Lincoln really could not free them, but allowed many to free themselves; only really strengthened the North’s moral basis

**After Antietam, McClellan was eventually replaced by Gen. Meade

-Lee decided to invade the North into PA

-Lee met Meade at Gettysburg (Union = 92,000 men v. 76,000) in July, 1863.


-battled back and forth for days, with no victor in sight free themselves; only really strengthened the North’s moral basis

-finally, the Union defeated Lee

-from here on South at a loss : day after Union won at Vicksburg (by Grant)

-a few months later, the Gettysburg Address given in the fall of 1863


**After much searching, Lincoln finally found a competent leader:

Ulysses Grant (victories at Fort Henry, Donnellson, & Shiloh)

*Shermans March to the Sea - William Tecumseh Sherman (1864- 1865)

-captured Atlanta (burned most of it) decided to take his men & live off of the land + go to Savannah (250 miles away)

-destroyed everything in his 60 mile wide path all the way to the sea


ELECTION OF 1864 leader:

-Lincoln renominated

-Vice President became Andrew Johnson (War Dem., used to patch things up with border states)

-Lincoln won 212 to McClellan’s 21 (from KY, Del. MD)

-his win caused the South to lose hope


  • Confederates finally surrendered (Lincoln would accept nothing less)

    -Union took Richmond & cornered Lee at Appomattox Courthouse in Va on Apr. 12, 1865

    *Lincolns death

    -shot in Ford’s Theatre on Apr. 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth

    -upset over the treatment of the South


**Cost of the War nothing less)

-Union army lost 2,324,516 + 1 million wounded

-Conf. Army lost 260.000 + over a million wounded

-entire nation lost a entire generation, including the best minds and potential leaders

-$15 billion

-surrender forever put down states’ rights & nullification

-preserved democratic ideals

-inspired other democratic supporters around the world


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