Civil War Reenactment

THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

(1861–1865)

What was the Civil War??

“The Civil War between the northern and southern sections of the United States, which began with the bombardment of Fort Sumter on the 12th of April 1861, and came to an end, in the last days of April 1865, with the surrender of the Confederates, was in its scope one of the greatest struggles known to history.” –Source

Tons of pictures and information about the war here.

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The Surrender at Appomattox:

General Robert E. Lee surrenders to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

Read all about it here.

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President Lincoln:

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved; I do not expect the house to fall; but I do expect that it will cease to be divided. It will become all the one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in course of ultimate extinction, or its advocates will push it forward until it shall become alike lawful in all the states, old as well as new, north as well as south.”
Abraham Lincoln, June 16, 1858, Address to the Republican Convention

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Important Figures of the Civil War:

1. Stephen A. Douglas

the northern compromiser for the south

(More details about Douglas here)

2. Jefferson Davis

began as U.S. senate chairman for Mississippi, then after Mississippi left the union, he withdrew and became President of the Confederate States of America

(More details about Davis here)

3. William Seward

primary cabinet member to Abraham Lincoln, was almost murdered the same night as President Lincoln

(More details about Seward here)

4. Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant

Learn about General Grant here

5. Robert E. Lee

Learn about General Lee here


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