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It is our desire to present the history of the Civil War accurately and in a compelling way which honors all Americans.
Partisans from each side of the conflict, then as now, have provided reasons for the Civil War which are contradictory.
This section does not attempt to resolve the differences. What you will find here are the reasons given by both sides. An understanding of the Civil War, in our opinion, is obtained through understanding the societal influences of patriotism, human rights, economics, religion and politics in America in the early to mid 1800's. The primal emotions leading to war were therefore rooted in the differences of opinion and belief between North and South with respect to those influences.
The root causes of the Civil War can be broken down into States Rights, Slavery, Political and Economic considerations. Slavery, while listed as a separate cause, had significant influence on the other three. An understanding of the above influences of the time will reveal, however, that slavery, while factoring into the various causes in different degrees, should not be considered the sole cause of the Civil War.
There were many changes to the armament and science of war warfare that occurred during the American Civil War. In this section you will find information about then new weapons, such as Iron Clad ships, the Gatling Gun, Observation Balloons, repeating rifles, and the submarine. You will also find information about the older weapons, or weaponry modified during the war, such as the Minié Ball
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author: John Heiser - Gettysburg National Military Park - May 1, 1998
The life of a soldier in the 1860's was difficult and for the thousands of young Americans who left home to fight for their cause, it was an experience none of them would ever forget. Military service meant many months away from home and loved ones, long hours of drill, often inadequate food or shelter, disease, and many days spent marching on hot, dusty roads or in a driving rainstorm burdened with everything a man needed to be a soldier as well as baggage enough to make his life as comfortable as possible. There were long stretches of boredom in camp interspersed with moments of sheer terror experienced on the battlefield. For these civilians turned soldiers, it was very difficult to get used to the rigors and demands of army life.
Use the links below to explore the life of soldiers in the American Civil War.