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Roundhead Model Soldiers

Lie Federal army had been doing well in the west after their Confederate opponents had returned to widely dispersed positions and a static defense the curse of the defender who is responsible for securing every line following their frustrated counteroffensives at Shiloh and Perryville, Kentucky. General Joseph E. Johnston, now recovered sufficiently from the wounds he had received at Seven Pines, returned to the field. This excellent commander, however, lacked the resources to be able to halt...

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It Y yiit'tctsYt f'Cr'voC' CYc CYClYS't rli C. CrfAsty XCryye, Ycvct statement the aggressive Jackson would not have delayed as Ewell had done on the evening of July 1 Jackson's presence would have held the opinions of Longstreet in check and the unity of command would have been maintained. The outcome of the fighting might have been different. If Lee had won the battle, however, the strategic outcome would have been similar to what is today in the historical record. Winning the Battle of...

Confederate Army

Black Confederate Soldiers

A he military tasks facing the Federal government in 1861 were considerable because the authority of the National Government had to be reasserted across a very large geographical area the recently formed southern Confederacy. This enormous region could not be adequately garrisoned to hold the rebelling states in the Union and there were no major objectives that would produce a decisive impact on the morale of the new nation. This rebellion had begun with the seizure by the Confederacy of all of...

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Confederate General John Breckinridge hurried forces from southwestern Virginia to block Sigel's advance, but in doing so left a weakened force to oppose Crook and Averell as the Union generals moved to destroy the vital transportation link in the area, the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad. Confederate defenders met Crook at Cloyd's Mountain as Averell and his cavalry moved to the west to attack Saltville. The battle fought between Crook and Albert Gallatin Jenkins, and later...

February 14 1862

Confederate Mine

At 2 35 PM. on February 14, 1862, Flag Officer Foote's fleet of four ironclad vessels U.S.S. St. Louis, U.S.S. Louisville, U.S.S. Pittsburgh, and the U.S.S. Carotulelet rounds the bend into full view of Fort Donelson. Under heavy fire, the vessels approach to within four hundred yards of the fort. 2. The U.S.S. St. Louis is struck repeatedly. With her pilot killed, her steering mechanism damaged, and Flag Officer Foote wounded, she drifts slowly downstream. 3. Soon the U.S.S. Louisville is...

Army Of Northern Virginia

V__J eneration after generation of Americans has developed a fascination with the Civil War since the conflict ended in 1865. A uniquely American war, it was fought in the very yards of many of the members of later generations, who began to study its battles, campaigns, strategy, and participants almost as if they were preparing to participate themselves. This attraction to the Civil War makes sense as they begin to undertake research into their family history, members of succeeding generations...

Picture Of Confederate Army

Factories Destroyed William Sherman

X wo rather ordinary looking soldiers met in a Cincinnati hotel room during March 1864 only the stars on their shoulder straps gave a hint as to the importance of their meeting. These two men were Ulysses S. Grant, commander of all of the armies of the United States, and his chief lieutenant, William T. Sherman, now the commander of Union forces in the west. Grant's previous position. The two Ohio-born officers had been friends for much of the war and remained close at this time. Sherman later...

Bayard Wilkeson

What Was The Confederate Army

Ollowing the general standoff between Lee and McClellan at Antietam in September 1862, McClellan was replaced by General Ambrose Burnside. The new commander of the Army of the Potomac returned to the old strategy of invading Virginia, which brought the opposing forces together at the Rappahannock crossings, near Fredericksburg. Lee's army fought a purely defensive battle there from protected positions that allowed the Confederates to receive Union assaults and decimate them. Lee won a lopsided...

Relative positions of both forts and the connecting roads during the siege of February 1216 1862

Confederate Army Uniforms 1862

PAGE 15 This Currier and Ives print depicts General Ulysses S. Grant demonstrating his tenacity and highly developed military skills as he struck hard at the Confederate defenders at Fort Donelson. Previous Confederate defensive measures along the Mississippi system were designed to prevent powerful Union flotillas from accomplishing the much-desired military goal of splitting the enemy the Confederacy into two parts. The Confederacy built powerful fortresses at such strategic points as Island...

Peace for Missouri

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Future general, William Tecumseh Sherman had come to the same conclusion as many others regarding the military importance of the rivers of the Midwest. He wrote his brother, John, then an Ohio senator Whatever nation gets the control of the Ohio, Mississippi, and Missouri Rivers will control the continent. These western rivers had great length, flowed generally north to south, and reached deep into the heartland of the Confederacy. The winner in the west would be the side that could control the...