Civil War

Civil War

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  • General Grant was the commander of the Union army during the civil war and was nicknamed the "unconditional surrender" Grant. On February 6, 1862 Grant led the Union to victory in Tennessee, capturing Fort Henry, and ten days later Fort Donelson.
  • I will not back down to the Confederacy!
  • The Battle of Antietam occurred on September 17, 1862 at Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg, Maryland. This battle became the deadliest one-day battle in all American military history. This battle brought about the Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued by Lincoln five days after the battle. The final Proclamation issued January 1, 1863, freed all slaves in Confederate territories and even emphasized the enlisting of black soldiers in the Union Army.
  • The Union made two victories between May 18-July 4, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Vicksburg. The battle at Gettysburg was said to turn the tide of the war into the Union's favor. The battle of Vicksburg was important because the Union now had control of the Mississippi River and had cut the Confederacy in two.
  • African American troops of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry attacked Rebels at Fort Wagner, South Carolina under Col. Shaw on July 18, 1863. Many of them died, including Col. Shaw. Soon after in August, Frederick Douglass met with President Lincoln to discuss pushing for full equality for Union 'Negro troops.'
  • General Sherman's campaign began in May 1864 in Atlanta, Georgia. His plan was to cut off supplies to the Confederate army through Atlanta. Before Sherman and his troops made his famous March to Sea, he ordered them to burn down many buildings and food supplies, which ended up destroying most of Atlanta.
  • Georgia played a significant part in the war, not only because of General Sherman, but because of Andersonville, Georgia. From February 1864 until April 1865, Andersonville served as the site of the Confederate military prison, which was named Camp Sumter. This prison was known for its poor conditions and high death rate.
  • April 9, 1865: Lee surrenders his army to General Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia. The Battle only lasted a few hours because Lee was cut off from all provisions and support, so he had no other option than to surrender.The terms of surrender were that all officers were to be sent home with their private property, including their horses, and Lee’s starving men would be given Union rations.
  • I surrender my army...
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