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1 Wedges of Separation 1850-1860

2 Senator Stephen Douglas- Illinois



5 “There are eleven hundred coming from Platte County to vote and it that ain’t enough we can send five thousand-enough to kill every God-damned abolitionist in the Territory”- Senator David Atchinson Missouri

6 John Brown

7 Senator Charles Sumner




11 Dred Scott

12 John Brown


14 1861-62

15 President James Buchanan

16 Jefferson Davis

17 Anaconda Plan


19 Bull Run, VA

20 “Your little army, derided for its want of arms, derided for its lack of all the essential material of war, has met the grand army of the enemy, routed it at every point, and it now flies, inglorious in retreat before our victorious columns. We have taught them a lesson in their invasion of the sacred soil of Virginia.” Jefferson Davis (CSA) after 1st Bull Run

21 General George McClellan

22 General Robert E. Lee CSA

23 Antietam-September 17, 1862

24 Moving towards Emancipation

25 Crittenden Resolution Passed by Congress July of 1861 War is being fought to preserve the Union, not to end slavery. Lincoln had stated as much in his First Inauguration Speech

26 First Confiscation Act-1862 Any property being used to aid the Rebellion can be seized. Example: slaves growing crops helps the Rebellion Loophole: quit fighting and the South can keep its slaves.

27 Second Confiscation Act-1862 All rebel property, regardless of its use, can be seized. Loophole: quit fighting and keep the slaves.

28 Steps Toward Emancipation March 1862-slaves who escape to Union lines will not be returned to owners. April 1862-compensated emancipation $$$$ goes into effect for Washington DC. June 1862-Territories are emancipated without compensation

29 Political consideration against Emancipation 1.Did not want to offend the border states a. Missouri, Kentucky, Delaware, Maryland 2. Offend the racist element in the North a. Did not want freed slaves to take their jobs

30 “I would do it if I were not afraid that half the officers would fling down their arms and three more States would rise. “ Lincoln- summer 1861

31 Horace Greeley Owner and editor of New York Tribune Editorial-”Prayer of 20 Million” urging immediate emancipation.

32 Lincoln’s Response “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery.” Free none, free all, or free some and leave others enslaved. This response reflected Lincoln’s official view, not as he stated his personal view of slavery.

33 What Lincoln needs, in 1862, is a victory in the Eastern Theater of the war to help the North see the connection between ending the war and ending slavery. What victory leads to emancipation? Antietam

34 Emancipation Proclamation Issued September 22, 1862-five days after Antietam All persons engaged in Rebellion as of January 1, 1863 will have their slaves freed. This justified emancipation for military reasons. Loophole: if the South quits, they can keep their slaves.




38 King Cotton Diplomacy An attempt to force Britain or France to recognize the Confederacy as a nation

39 Process Create an artificial cotton shortage


41 Process Create an artificial cotton shortage Leads to higher unemployment in Britain & France


43 Process Create an artificial cotton shortage Leads to higher unemployment in Britain & France Unemployment leads to an increase in social problems such crime, prostitution, etc. These problems will force Britain and France to recognize the Confederacy and thus resume cotton shipments

44 Reasons for Failure Egyptian cotton was abundant European crop failures forced Europe to import Yankee wheat British and French working classes willing to suffer if it meant the end of slavery in the United States.

45 General George Meade

46 General Robert E. Lee CSA


48 Big Round Top @ Gettysburg

49 Little Round Top @ Gettysburg

50 General Ulysses S. Grant




54 “We must destroy this army of Grant’s before he gets to the James River. If he gets there, it will become a siege, and then it will be a mere question of time.” Lee, June 1864 to Jubal Early

55 General William Tecumseh Sherman

56 John Bell Hood

57 “Atlanta is ours and fairly won” Sherman


59 “I will make Georgia howl.” Sherman



62 “We cannot change the hearts of these people of the South, but we can make war so terrible and make them so sick of war that generations will pass away before they again appeal to it.” Sherman

63 Sherman’s March to the Sea

64 Decides to live off the land 1. Sherman can cut his supply line and move his army faster. 2. Taking supplies from civilians inflicts terror on the civilian population. Union Army burns what they cannot consume.

65 Effect of Sherman’s Terror 1. Proves to Confederate citizens that their government is incapable of protecting them. 2. Increases the desertion rate of the Confederate Army as soldiers go home to protect their families.

66 1865-The End “The deep waters are closing over us.” Mary Chestnut

67 When I learned that Sherman’s army was marching through the Salkiehatchie Swamps, making its own roads at the rate of a dozen miles per day and bringing its artillery and wagons with it, I made up my mind that there had been no such army in existence since the days of Julius Caesar.” Joseph Johnston CSA





72 “Thank God I have lived to see this. It seems to me that I have been dreaming a horrid nightmare for four years, and now the nightmare is over.” Lincoln early April 1865

73 “The result of last week must convince you of the hopelessness of further resistance. I regard it as my duty to shift from myself the responsibility of any further effusion of blood, by asking of you the surrender of that portion of the Confederate States Army known as the Army of Northern Virginia.” Grant April 7, 1865

74 “There is nothing left for me to do but to go and see General Grant and I would rather die a thousand deaths.” Lee, April 9, 1865

75 “Boys, I have done the best I could for you. Go home now, and if you make as good citizens as you have soldiers, you will do well, and I shall always be proud of you. Goodbye, and God bless.” Lee April 9 1865



78 John Wilkes Booth


80 “Our country owed all our troubles to Lincoln. God made me the instrument of his punishment.” John Wilkes Booth





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