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Chapter 15 the Civil War. 1861. As Lincoln prepared to take office there were two large questions he faced. Did the power of the Federal Government outweigh state’s rights? Can some one actually be allowed to own another person?. Succession .

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Chapter 15 the civil war

As Lincoln prepared to take office there were two large questions he faced.

Did the power of the Federal Government outweigh state’s rights?

Can some one actually be allowed to own another person?


The election of Lincoln in 1860 lead to the succession of seven deep south states.

Originally the decision occurred December 20, 1860 in Charleston South Carolina.

The Capital was in Montgomery Alabama, but moved to Richmond Virginia.

The major statement at the meeting was that “The Union had dissolved.”

States in original 7
States in original 7

South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas.

Though Kentucky sided with the North.

Writing constitutions
Writing constitutions

The election of delegates for these states lead to close races.

Those who wrote the constitutions for the confederates were less divisive .

Small group known as Cooperationists, they wanted to act the South as a unit, and tried to slow succession.

Southern constitutions
Southern Constitutions

Many southern constitutions were similar to the U.S. Constitution.

Central Government could not impose tariffs,

nor could it interfere in slavery.

Jefferson Davis will become the President

Alexander Stevens will become the Vice President

Crittenden compromise
Crittenden Compromise

Many thought the succession crisis could be solved without violence.

John Crittenden of Kentucky would propose a Compromise: Looked to extend the Missouri Compromise , would protect slavery in southern states, Prohibit Federal Government from abolishing slavery.

Republican s consider the compromise
Republican’s consider the compromise

The Republican’s considered and went along with Crittenden compromise.

Eventually they would refer to President Lincoln for his stance.

Lincoln rejected the compromise referencing his inaugural address.

Lincoln s inaugural address
Lincoln’s inaugural address

Lincoln was convinced that backing down would undermined the principal of majority rule.

Called for cautious and limited use of force

The government would defend forts in confederate states.

Breaking points fort sumter
Breaking PointsFort Sumter

Fort Sumter was off the coast of South Carolina a key succession state

Lincoln refused to turn over Ft. Sumter

Jefferson Davis ordered the attack the fort.

On April 15, Lincoln then called for 75,000 troops from the states to recapture the fort and other federal property. 

Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas elected to join them in secession.

North and South the response to Ft. Sumter was an overwhelming demand for war to uphold national honor. Only

Advantages and disadvantages
Advantages and disadvantages

North: Physical strength, industrial build up, railroads.

South: On the defense , Stronger fighting men, better trained officers

Robert e lee
Robert. E. Lee

At one point Lee was offered the position of leading the forces of the union.

Lee was more successful in succeeding in complex plans.

Remained loyal to the South's capital of Virginia.

Total war
Total war

The idea of Total war meant that the war affected every aspect of society.

The difference between the two presidents
The Difference between the two Presidents

Lincoln spent a tremendous amount of time teaching himself about warfare. As well as continually trying to give input on the war. Put in place martial law in the North and arrested any Confederate supporters.

Jefferson Davis did have control of the military but decided to secede many of the descions to the confederate congress.

Anaconda policy
Anaconda Policy

General Winfield Scott developed the idea, proposed blockading the coasts of the South. Control the Mississippi River and the flow of supplies.

Lincoln developed the idea of fighting on two fronts:

Attacking and invading the Capital of Virginia, while invading Texas and Louisiana

Green backs
Green backs

Both sides had trouble supplying troops.

Both sides relied on private industry.

Neither side believed in paying high taxes to pay for the war.

Depositories printed paper money known as greenbacks lead to runaway inflation

The battle of bull run
The Battle OF Bull Run

Considered to be a blunder for union forces.

General Winfield Scott lead a poorly trained group of Union soldiers against General Thomas J. Jackson.

Jackson with highly trained troops won the day.

The loss lead to the firing of General Scott for George McLellan

Out west
Out West

1862 In the West the North was very successful

Grant took Fort Henry in Tennessee, and Fort Donaldson.

He would be slowed down at the surprise attack at the battle of Shiloh, which was the bloodies battle in the war.

Other forces took New Orleans, so things went well for the north in the west but not the east.

Mclellan v s lincoln
McLellanV.S. Lincoln

McLellan was supposed to move into the South. He did so slowly.

While General Thomas Jackson won a series of victories in the North

Fear of Jackson lead to Lincoln moving troops to defend Washington and Fired McLellan.

Are we getting the point yet
Are we getting the point yet?

General Halleck replaced McLellan

After a series of losses he was fired and McLellan was rehired.

The point is the North is lacking Leadership in the East.


Robert E. Lee decided to invade the Maryland going for Washington D.C.

He met the forces of McLellan, it lead to the bloodiest day and Civil war history and a draw.

Lee’s forces returned to the South

McLellan was fired and replaced by Ambrose Burnside.

McLellan also ran for President against Lincoln and lost.

The emancipation proclamation
The Emancipation Proclamation

By 1862 Lincoln was looking for strategic means to win the war. He would propose his first draft of the Emancipation proclamation.

Bill was passed January of 1863. It stated that all slaves in the confederate states were free.

Lincoln made sure not to free slaves in the northern states for fear of angering southern allies.

Chapter 15 the civil war

The southern Economy began to crumble.

If the North could have taken advantage of this they would have won the war easily.

The North was suffering though from low moral.


In the North the Enrollment act passed Drafting white citizens. The act was unpopular and lead to violent revolts in New York

Martial law was used to quell the action.

But the copperheads, or militant anti-war protestors still existed in the North.

African americans in the war
African Americans in the war

African Americans played a critical role in keeping the union together.

200,000 volunteered and were segregated and lead by white officers.

Most famous was the victory at Fort Wagner.

Turning the tide
Turning the Tide

Grant continued to have a successful series of battles.

Eventually after a drawn out siege hew would take the strategic point of Vicksburg of Mississippi.

During the siege the confederacy sent Lee to invade Pennsylvania in hope it would stop Grant’s assault

Turning point in the war
Turning Point in the War

  • Gettysburg

  • The battle lasted three days

  • By the end Lee had lost a significant amount of his forces

  • Lee would never get a chance again to march on Washington.

  • After this point we see Sherman’s march to the sea and the Union’s push into the south.