The Legacy Of The Civil War Essay

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The Civil War ultimately began not long after the election of the new president, Abraham Lincoln, in November of 1860. The slave states detested Lincoln because he, as a Republican Party leader, opposed the spread of slavery to the territories of the United States that were undecided. Within a short period of time, the slave states began to secede from the Union; South Carolina was first and six others followed. These states then formed their own government in February of 1861, and became the Confederate states.
On April 12th, 1861, the Confederate states ultimately began the Civil War when they fired upon Fort Sumter, South Carolina. This battle began when United States Major Robert Anderson and his eighty-five men made the move from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter. Then on April 11th, Confederate Brigade General P.G.T. Beauregard informed Major Anderson that he needed to surrender the fort; although, Anderson denied his request. The next day, the Confederates fired upon Fort Sumter, which lasted for 34 hours. Because of the Union army’s low abundance of ammunition, not until two hours after the first shot did Anderson fire back. On April 13th, Anderson finally surrendered. Overall, no soldiers died in this battle, and the men returned home in the North.
After the Battle at Fort Sumter, President Lincoln called for 75,000 militiamen to stop the rebellion; as a result, four more Southern states seceded. Then on July 21st, 1861, the Battle of Bull Run occurred, which was the…

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