150th Anniversary of The American Civil War

Nov 08

150th Anniversary of The American Civil War

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. This War is a defining moment in our Nation’s History.

Why was The Civil War important? In short the civil war was important because it set the stage for the freeing of slaves, made the nation a stronger whole.

The American Civil War was fought between the North (Union states) and the South (Confederate states). It lasted from 1861-1865, triggered by the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.  Lincoln wanted to end slavery and keep the Union together.

The conflict between the North (the Yankees) and the South (the Rebels) started because of their different ways of living.  The North wanted the South to give up their farms, build factories, and abolish slavery.  Congress treated the slaves as personal property and would not take away rights of ownership.

Thus, America began the conflict that would take the lives of more than 620,000 of its citizens and injure more than 375,000.  Most of the battles took place in the South and the recovery from the destruction took many years.


The Emancipation Proclamation, in January, 1863, made “freeing the slaves” the focus of the war.  Many freed slaves joined the Union.

In the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln said the Civil War was to preserve a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, ending the Civil War.

I really like the History.com interactive map http://www.history.com/interactives/civil-war-150#/home about the Civil War where you can learn more about soldiers, weapons, how they died, important people of the war, 5 deadliest battles, paying for the war, west point warriors and more.

American Heritage School would like to extend a highly recommended invitation to our friends, and neighbors to attend a Veterans Day concert that will deepen every student’s appreciation of the Civil War through music that is both entertaining and meaningful.





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