The Civil War : An Unnecessary Condition Of Affairs Essay

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The Civil War (1861-1865),“was an unnecessary condition of affairs, and might have been avoided if forbearance and wisdom had been practiced on both sides,” (Robert E. Lee). 5 years of bloodshed resulted in the victory of the North, a part of the United States that support the abolition of slavery, low-wage workers, tariffs, and other ideas that the South did not. Although the North named the war victorious, many Southerners believe that it was more the loss of the Confederacy than the victory of the Union. The South had substantially less people compared to the North (9 million: 22 million), and 5.5 million of them were Negros. In addition to this factor, the Union won significant battles in the later years of the war, which eventually wore down the Confederacy. The Confederacy also contributed to the Union’s victory, simply because of poor decisions that led to the Union’s victory. Many historians believe that if some decisions had been different, the South could have won the war, but all of these elements tied together to result in the Union’s victory.

The main Union general, Ulysses S. Grant, was quite the leader. He was first appointed to be a colonel of the 21st Illinois Volunteers, and was later promoted to a brigadier general. After consecutive victories against the Confederacy and its general, Robert E. Lee, the Union was surrendered to on April 9, 1865. Grant was an aggressive, yet tactical general, and made a comeback for the Union during and after 1862. He is…

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