The Civil War

The Civil War


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A Nation Rips Itself Apart

Determined to preserve a way of life rooted in slavery, 11 southern states declared

themselves the Independant Confederate States Of America early in 1861. President

Lincoln asked for 75,000 militiamen to put down this insurrection. Union strategy called

for cutting the Confederacy off from markets and resources abroad and destroying

it's defenses at home. Southern leaders planned to make the cost of these efforts

so great in blood and treasure that northern support for the war would collapse before

the Union's death grip closed on the Confederacy. So began four bitter years that saw

three million Americans take up arms against each other.

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