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Origins of the Carpetbagger
It originated during the Reconstruction period of American history. After the civil war, the term was created to describe a “person from the northern United States who went to the South after the American Civil War to make money.” From there it developed a negative connotation.
The Proposal of the Anaconda Plan
The first Union general to implement the ‘Anaconda Plan’ was Winfield Scott. He was one of many working with President Abraham Lincoln attempting to come up with an idea to end the war quickly and with little bloodshed. He believed the plan was the right way to go.
Grant's Shadowed Presidency
General Ulysses S. Grant is one of the most renown of the Civil War leaders. His success has been studied and marveled since the war began. It was no surprise when the war was over that he would be placed in the White House. What did surprise everyone was the rollercoaster ride he brought with him.
Union Options Into the South
The very size of the Confederate states allowed many avenues for the Union army to penetrate and defeat the seceding states.
Samples of Confederate Losses
1862 proved to be crucial for the Confederacy in decision making and loses on the battlefield. In losing Nashville, New Orleans, and Memphis, the South lost strategic points in their military planning. Each one would prove to hurt the Confederacy long-term.
Decisions Made by Davis That Led to Failure
Hind-sight is twenty-twenty. After the fact, one can easily point out where Jefferson Davis made his mistakes and how the Confederacy lost the war. Starting in the West, Davis found himself regretting many of his decisions that would became fateful for the newly created nation.
Brandy Station as a Turning Point
Brandy Station would become a turning point solely due to pride. Sometimes it takes a defeat to get the fires roaring and the ambition to push harder to achieve more. That was the case here.
Was Reconstruction a Nobel Experiment?
Reconstruction, Northern, South, Civil War, Lincoln, Booth, President, Johnson
Problem with Complete Victory in Civil War Battles
For all the ferocity and blood-letting of Civil War battles, the fact is that few were ever decisive. Why were victorious troops unable to achieve complete, total victories at famous battles like Shiloh, Chancellorsville, and Chattanooga? Bad luck and bad decisions played a major part.
Gettysburg as the Turning Point in the War
There are typically many turning points in a conflict. The Civil War probably had a number that anyone could argue was ‘the’ turning point of the war. The most popular one pointed out is the Battle of Gettysburg.
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