The Civil War. From Fort Sumter to Appomattox by Zachary Kent

By Zachary Kent

The Civil struggle, the bloodiest clash in American historical past, compelled neighbor to struggle neighbor and brother to struggle brother. extra american citizens misplaced their lives during this clash than in the other struggle. From the hallowed battlefield at Gettysburg to the give up at Appomattox, writer Zachary Kent explores this pivotal time in American background, while a country close to destruction was once reunited and completely rid of slavery.

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Garesche riding close behind him, Rosecrans recklessly galloped forward to steady Hazen’s men. Suddenly, a cannonball struck Garesche full in the face. The headless body, spouting blood, remained in the saddle for twenty paces before sliding to the ground. As the day ended, freezing rain fell across the battlefield and onto the bloodied bodies of the wounded and dying. No major fighting occurred on New Year’s Day 1863. But on the third day, January 2, 1863, Confederate general Bragg attacked again.

The soldiers tramped along in high spirits at the start of their journey. ” First Battle of Bull Run Twenty miles southwest of Washington stood an important Virginia railroad junction at the town of Manassas, Virginia. After his victory at Fort Sumter, General P. G. T. Beauregard received command of the Confederate army of twenty thousand men gathered near Manassas. Along a crooked stream called Bull Run, the Confederates awaited the Union attack. On July 18, McDowell tested the Confederate lines at a crossing called Blackburn’s Ford.

Muskets flashed as the thin Union line wavered back and forth. “Fix bayonets,” shouted Union colonel Joshua Chamberlain when the Yankees’ ammunition was gone. ” Yelling wildly, the Maine men finally drove the Alabama troops off of the hill. “Here they come! ” shouted the Union defenders as the Confederates ran forward. ” “Here they come! ” shouted the Union defenders as the Confederates ran forward. Smoke and rifle fire rolled through the stones. Farther to the north, in front of Cemetery Ridge, the Confederates rushed into a wheat field and a peach orchard.

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