Civil War Slavery

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Most people believe the civil war started due to slavery. Even though that was partially true there was actually several factors that started the civil war. Behind every terrible war there is of course an interesting back story. This back story starts with Abraham Lincoln being elected in 1860 without a single southern vote. This drove most southerners crazy how can a country that is based on equality complete ignore a section of the country’s desires? So this was the final stray for South Carolina and they seceded on December, 20 1860 with the rest of the lower south; Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgie and of course South Carolina. By 1861 the confederacy was born with Jefferson Davis as president.
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They even started the violence between the two territories. This act of aggression was toward Fort Sumter which was in South Carolina but still technically a union fort. The Confederacy thought they had the right to it but the soldiers there thought differently. Lincoln didn’t really know what to do in this situation. He didn’t want to start a war by sending soldiers and weapons but he also didn’t want to give up the fort because that would mean acknowledging the confederacy as a country. So ultimately He decided that he would send food, that way he helps the soldiers but without starting war. Before supplies could get there though, President Davis told General P.G.T Beauregard to demand surrender or take the fort by force. On 4/12/1861 General P.G.T Beauregard opened fire on the fort for 24 hours. After those 24 hours of firing Anderson surrendered. Lincoln took this as a crime to the US because the confederates fired on Federal property and that was an act of open rebellion. Lincoln couldn’t have that go unpunished. So he had to do something, so he deiced to take volunteers to train for war. The southerners saw this as an act of war. With that the upper south: Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas left the Union and joined the confederacy. The four remaining boarder states: Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, and Missouri remained neutral. After the upper south left, the confederacy changed their capital to Richmond, Virginia. Many Northerners thought that capturing the capital would put a quick end to this war. By July of 1861 35,000 northerners started training for the civil

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