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What was the Union's three part plan for winning the US Civil War?

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2017-03-17 17:42:27

The Union's plans to end the Southern rebellion were altered

often and were complex at various times during the war.It is clear

that the Union wished to control the Mississippi River and blockade

Southern ports. This plan however did not truly effect the outcome

of the war in that the Southern ports were difficult to blockade

and control of the Mississippi River did not force the surrender of

the Confederates.

Gaining control of the Rebel capital of Richmond was one of the

first goals of the Union. That began with the First and later the

Second Battle of Bull Run. Those operations failed.

The battle in between the Bull Runs was the Union disaster at

Fredricksburg and at Chancellorsville.

Also, the failed Peninsula campaign did not capture Richmond. By

the time Richmond was captured the war was already almost over and

thus did not play a role in the war's outcome. In fact, the Union's

efforts there were embarrassing to say the least.

Also the Emancipation Proclamation as a "war measure" did not

affect the war's outcome.

Boiled down to three parts, it's now clear that the strategy to

win the war was the following:

1. Defeat Confederate armies in the field, and not waste time on


2. Using the overall strategy o exhaustion, hampered the needed

war supplies to reach Southern armies; and

3. Destroying or controlling the South's railway system to

impede its transportation of troops to deter the South's use of

"interior lines" to take advantage in major battles.

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2009-03-23 14:41:53

1. Blockade the south 2. Gain control of the Mississippi River

3. Gain control of the Confederate capitol, Richmond, VA

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