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America's Civil War by Tim McNeese

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“Fascinating and clean . . . Chandrasekaran is a wonderful reporter and swish author whose person vignettes, excited about army and civilian misfires, are on-target and sometimes mortifying. ”
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About the Author
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is a senior correspondent and affiliate editor on the Washington put up, the place he has labored because 1994. He has suggested from greater than 3 dozen international locations and has served because the newspaper’s bureau leader in Baghdad, Cairo, and Southeast Asia. he's the writer of Imperial lifestyles within the Emerald urban: inside of Iraq’s eco-friendly region, a finalist for the nationwide booklet Award and one of many ny Times’s 10 top Books of 2007. He lives in Washington, D. C.

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In the midst of the war, then, a new state was created,West Virginia, and admitted to the Union in June of 1863. Of great concern to Lincoln was the future of the slave states that had not seceded. Four states— Missouri, Kentucky, Maryland, and Delaware— might hold the key to the developing war. C. Also, these states could help tip the balance militarily for the Confederacy. Quickly, events unfolded. Maryland remained in the Union with the insistence of the state’s governor. Delaware never gave serious consideration to leaving the Union, especially since there were few slaves left in that state.

Describe Lincoln’s views on slavery. 2. Why would Douglas’s answer to Lincoln’s question about keeping slavery out of a territory alienate southern slave supporters? The leader of the raid was John Brown, one of the most militant abolitionists in America. Brown and his followers had long planned the attack. In fact, in August, Brown had met with the black abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass, and presented him with a scheme to attack the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry,Virginia, capture a large supply of muskets and take up refuge in the Allegheny Mountains, while calling for a general slave rebellion to bring an end to slavery.

As he gave his enemy an order, the officer shot and killed Zollicoffer as he stood next to him. The Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers could provide an invasion route for the North into the region, but the South had erected defensive forts, making access to these rivers, as well as the Mississippi, difficult. Confederates had fortified Island No. The two forts were erected just twelve miles from one another where the two rivers flowed together. Under Halleck’s command, General Ulysses S. Grant, a lackluster West Point graduate who had only recently been recommissioned into the Federal army, © Milliken Publishing Company captured the outlets of both rivers into the Ohio River at Paducah and Smithland.

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