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US Civil War

This category is for questions and answers about the American Civil War. This was an internal conflict involving the state rights, and divided the United States in a bloody struggle. It was fought after the secession of eleven southern states, and lasted from 1861 to 1865.

Asked in History, Politics & Society, US Civil War, Confederate States of America

What advantages did the South and North have in the US Civil War?

The South had two major disadvantages in the US Civil War. One was that their troop strength could never match that of the Union's , The North had over 23 million people compared to 11 million in the South. Also, the North's manufacturing capability could not be matched by the cropland economy of the South. These Confederate disadvantages were the advantages of the North. ...
Asked in History, Politics & Society, US Civil War, War and Military History

What advantage did the South have over the North during the Civil War?

Southern Advantages (Northern Disadvantages) Fighting a Defensive War To stand on the defensive meant that the North had to invade and carry the fight to the South. This allowed the South to prepare and receive the enemy, although Lee was not a passive man by any standards. The South did not have many advantages, but just like in the American Revolution, it's very difficult to conquer an area. Essentially the South only had to muster the will to keep fighting until the North felt...
Asked in US Civil War, War and Military History, Slavery

What caused the US Civil War?

Slavery The primary reason for the Civil War was the issue of slavery, more importantly the economic value it had to the South. The secession act of South Carolina specifically mentions that the North wanted to take away the property (slaves) of the South. The North's economy was not dependent on slavery and did not see the existence of the "peculiar institution" as the South did. However, it is important to remember that by no means was every Northerner an abolitionist; in fact,...
Asked in US Civil War, African-American History, Slavery

Why was the Dred Scott decision important?

The Dred Scott decision effectively ended the Missouri Compromise, hardening the political rivalry between North and South and paving the way for the Civil War. It determined slaves were not citizens of either their state of residence or the US, and therefore couldn't bring suit against their "owners" in court. According to Chief Justice Roger Taney, slaves were property, not humans. The Supreme Court's ruling resulted in major violence, stirring the deep‐seated emotions in the already heated battle of race relations in the United...
Asked in History of the United States, US Civil War, The Great Depression

How did the role of the federal government in US citizens lives change during the period of Reconstruction?

The major effect of the Great Depression and the New Deal on America was expanded government intervention into new areas of social and economic affairs and the creation of more social assistance agencies at the national level. The relationship between the national government and the people changed drastically. The government took on a greater role in the everyday social and economic lives of the people. The New Deal programs of FDR also created a liberal political alliance made up of labor unions, blacks...
Asked in US Civil War, US Presidents, Abraham Lincoln

When was Abraham Lincoln born?

Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809. President Abraham Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, 1809. for the first time in my lif e i know the answer okaiie ready here it is abrham Lincoln was born on the 12th of February 1802 and freed all the blacks from slavery ...
Asked in US Civil War

How did soldiers from the civil war fight boredom?

The usual - drinking, gambling, fighting. Confederate troops under Magruder were allowed musical and theatrical entertianments. Union troops under Joe Hooker were allowed so-called 'Horizontal Refreshment'. ...
Asked in US Civil War, History of the United States, War and Military History

Name one problem that lead to the civil war?

The well-meant attempt to put the slavery question to a local vote in each new state. When they tried it in Kansas, the voters were intimidated by mounted terrorists from outside the state. This demonstrated that the slavery question was likely to spark a war. ...
Asked in US Civil War, Airplanes and Aircraft

What are major threats to civil aviation?

Physical threats? (1) Birds, (2) people who aim laser beams at cockpit windshields (a big problem at Dallas-Fort Worth International), (3) unruly passengers, and (4) terrorists. -Bigger Al shoddy outsourced maintenance and inexperienced and under trained and paid pilots ...
Asked in History, Politics & Society, US Civil War, History

What was the purpose of the US Sanitary Commission?

to improve sanitary conditions for soldiers. They set up hospitals trains and ships to move wounded soldiers from the battlefield ...
Asked in US Civil War, Synonyms and Antonyms, Adjectives and Articles

What is the opposite of a Pyrrhic victory?

Since a Pyrrhic victory is defined as a "victory with devastating cost to the victor", the opposite can either of two things; "a loss with devastating cost to the victor" (in which the perspective is opposed to the Pyrrhic Victory) or "a victory with devastating cost to the loser". In the case of the former, one could say that this is exactly the same as a Pyrrhic victory, but seen from the losing side. This is comparable to a 'heroic failure'. In the case...
Asked in US Civil War, History, Politics & Society, History of China, Communism

Who led China's communist revolt?

Mao Tse Tung (Mao Zedong) in 1949. ============================ The above answer is the year in which Mao Tse Tung was the leader of China when it became a comminist country. The date was October 1, 1949. Mao had had a long history with the Chinese communist party. Most historians have said that he took over the leadership of the Party in 1934. In that year he was the primary political & military leader of the Communist Party. ...
Asked in Native American History, US Civil War, India

What Indian products did the Europeans trade for?

Besides spices and cotton textiles, gems and precious stones were traded ...
Asked in US Civil War, Slavery, Mexican-American War

How did the outcome of the Mexican War affect the debate over the expansion of slavery?

Because the new state of California extended so far either side of the Missouri line that it could not fit the terms of the Missouri Compromise. A new compromise had to be worked out, and this one did not last. ...
Asked in US Civil War

Most important southern crop in the 1840s and 1850s?

The economy of the south depended on cotton, which was the largest export of the United States. Tobacco was the #2 crop in most of the south. ...
Asked in US Civil War

Where was naval activity particularly important during the Civil War?

Several areas. All along the southern seacoast the US Navy tried, throughout the war, to enforce a blockade, to prevent supplies from abroad getting in to the Confederacy, and to prevent the Confederates from exporting goods to raise cash. Southerners, mostly private individuals but some government efforts, responded by fitting out fast ships to run the blockade, to export goods and import needed supplies. In the Civil War the "east" was the area between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic coast, and the...
Asked in US Civil War, African-American History, Slavery

How did former slaves react to freedom?

Many thought that it would be like heaven. But, while working as slaves they had no real idea of what freedom would be like. A free person from a less-developed, less-educated background, when captivated, wouldn't know what freedom meant. However, after gaining their freedom, many migrated to the cities, looking for work. Others remained on the farms where they had been slaves, and received wages for the work they performed, using those wages to pay for food and clothing, etc. In many...
Asked in US Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation

How did the emancipation proclamation give union army more motivation?

It meant they would not have to face the British and French armies on the side of the Confederates. Whether they also felt a new sense of moral mission is dubious. The mid-term elections did not seem to reflect this. ...
Asked in US Civil War, War and Military History

What is the Range of an old gatling gun?

400 to 600 yards, comparable to single-shot infantry rifles of the time.
Asked in US Civil War, War and Military History, Confederate States of America

Is Tennessee a Confederate or Union state?

Tennessee was Confederate state. However the people of the state were divided and many joined the Union army. Its capital, Nashville, fell early to the Union advance but many big and important battles were fought in the state. Many of the Union supporters in Tennessee were located in the eastern part of the state. ...
Asked in US Civil War, War and Military History

Which two armies fought the last battles of the Civil War?

The Union army under US Grant was meant to take care of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. It eventually succeeded - after the terrible siege of Petersburg, which was simply a slugging match, with Grant knowing that the Confederates could not replace their losses. The surrender came when Lee's lines were so stretched that they couldn't hold. The other Union army under Sherman was meant to destroy the Army of Tennessee under Joe Johnston (replaced by John Hood)....
Asked in US Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation

What was left unsettled by the emancipation proclamation?

The problem with the Emancipation Proclamation is that it did not outlaw the institution of slavery. As the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Lincoln under the War Powers Act, he could have outlawed the institution of slavery, but he chose not to. A further problem with the Proclamation was that it only freed the slaves in states or territories that were not occupied by Union forces. For example, slaves in places like Maryland and Delaware, both slave states, were not freed by...
Asked in US Civil War

What is the summary of Sherman's march to the sea?

Seeing that the rich Georgia farmland had enjoyed a good harvest, Sherman decided that he could forget his vulnerable supply-line and live off the land, while conducting a punitive raid on this treasonous state, attacking the infrastructure that supported the Confederate armies in the field. It was a 6-week march from Atlanta, southeast to Savannah, cutting a wide swathe through the state. The emphasis was on the burning of farms, the slaughtering of livestock and the ruining of crops. Violence against civilians was...