Major Battles of the Civil War
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Hi, my name is Kyle Wegner and today we're going to talk about the major battles of the Civil War.People should value and understand history, not think of that boring teacher, droning about dates. History is about people, people are interesting, and exploring history is interesting!Soon after Abraham Lincoln won the presidential election of 1860, the people of South Carolina declared their secession from the United States of America. By February, 1861, six more Southern states joined in the secession. This led the people of South Carolina to demand that the U.S. Army abandon its facilities in Charleston Harbor. The Battle of Fort Sumter started.Beginning at 4:30 a.m. on April 12, the Confederate soldiers bombarded the fort with artillery that surrounded the harbor. Try and imagine how these soldiers must have felt; this was not a foreign invasion, these were fellow countrymen attacking them. The resupply of Fort Sumter was the first crisis for the administration of President Lincoln.The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863, is thought by many to be the turning point battle in the American Civil War. These men fought each other in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.This fearsome battle resulted in the largest number of casualties in the war.The Battle of Antietam, also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, started and finished on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland. It was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Union soil. Many historians consider Antietam a major turning point of the war because it ended Lee's first invasion of the North. Sherman's March to the Sea was conducted through Georgia from November 15, 1864, until December 21, 1864. Major General William Tecumseh Sherman of the Union Army, lead his troops from Atlanta, Georgia to their victory at the port of Savannah. Sherman used the principles of scorched earth. He ordered his men to burn crops, kill livestock, consume supplies and destroy civilian infrastructure. The March damaged, physically and mentally, the South's ability to continue to wage war.Thanks for watching. I'm Kyle Wegner. For more information on the Civil War, please visit About.com.