Civil Wars Articles
When people think of the American Civil War, they often only think of the fighters (infantry, cavalry and artillery). This is natural, because they are the ones that make the story exciting. In actuality, the numbers of fighters in an army are usually in the minority.
Thomas J. Jackson, known as Stonewall Jackson throughout the South, emerged from a series of battles from March to June of 1862 as the greatest hero of the confederacy. While there was no battle fought in this campaign on the scale of Bull Run or Shiloh, the overall effects for Southern morale were immeasurable.
When we think of Civil War, what immediately comes to mind are the two main confrontations most people remember - depending on which part of the world you come from. I refer, of course, to the American Civil War and the Civil War in England.
April 8th 1865 brought realization to the soldiers in Lee's army that the writing was on the wall but surrender was the last option for Lee who wanted to keep his army in the field for as long as he could. He decided that one more effort would be made.
These two countries, although trying to destroy each other very soon came to recognise that they needed each other. The war would probably have ended much sooner had they not 'traded with the enemy'. The South needed the North and the North needed the South.
The hardest job during wartime is that of being President. Abraham Lincoln proved to be a great President building his Cabinet from the extremes and much to his Secretary of Wars chagrin trying to bring a little humor into a tragic situation.
Civil War, is it a struggle for identity? For a long time, it was believed that Civil Wars were fought over ethnic diversities. New studies identify economic basis as factors for conflicts.
Once the Civil War reached its conclusion the Civil War soldier spent no time in moaning about the cruelty and injustice of life he buckled down to life and tried to make the best of the life that had been spared him but of course he did not forget.
Once the Northern soldiers moved into the South it wasn't long before the argument that the slaves were content with their lot was blown to pieces. The slaves welcomed the Northern soldiers and helped them as much as they could with the fight. The slaves were willing to pay a high price for freedom.
The start of the Civil War caused a lot of angst amongst the officers regarding which side they should fight with. This led, as in the case of Robert E Lee, in many officers resigning their commissions and returning to their home states. Many never saw each other again, some did, but on the battlefields.