America has become part of some devastating battles over her long history. World War I and The second world war were considerably difficult disputes and ones that taxed the country’s resources to the maximum. However, none of those conflicts can compare to The Civil War not only for the brutality and destruction of human life but in the damage to the social fabric that was triggered by that terrible conflict.
America is proud that it has never had a fight on its native soil. Besides Pearl Harbor and 911, we have never come under attack in our territory. So it took a war of brother versus sibling, American versus American to make even the possibility of war within the borders of America even possible.
The war’s stats are staggering for a relatively short conflict. The war started on April 12. 1861. It was the Confederacy that drew very first blood attacking Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The fights of the Civil War and legendary. We have pertained to honor the dead of both sides of this bloody dispute by maintaining some those historical battlefields even to this day.
Throughout the war, the North was at a benefit in preparation, equipment, and supplies. However, General Lee, who commanded the Confederate army, was a dazzling strategist and the fights typically led to enormous casualties on both sides. At the last tally, over 970,000 American died from the Civil War. While that may not compare numerically to the massive losses in the two world wars later to come, this figure represented 3% of the American population at the time. And since the huge bulk of the war dead were from America’s youth, the wish for her future, the hold up this war had on the development of America’s economy was remarkable.
In modern times we review the Civil War as a titanic fight to bring an end to the series of slavery in this nation. And to be sure, the Civil War is and will forever stay the central part of black history and the beginning point of the civil rights movement in America. But the causes of the Civil War were complex and diverse which only made settlement and resolution of the war harder in advance of conflict.
Part of the issue that was being battled out was the rights of states for self-determination as well balanced with the rights of the federal government to determine affairs in the particular states. On the surface, this might appear insignificant compared with ending slavery but put in context; it was a vital relationship to straighten out due to our not extremely remote memory of our revolution against England for trying to enforce unreasonable controls on the colonies.
American’s are increasingly independent people which independent spirit was born in the fights of the revolutionary war where America specified that they would no more bow to a king or let the central government have such sweeping control over particular lives. The outrage over how England aimed to put the nests under servitude was the foal that triggered the surge known as the Revolutionary War. And much effort was made to ensure there was language in the constitution and other important files to assure that the federal government is limited from interfering in the lives of its citizens.
Beyond that, the preservation of the Union as one country was one result of the Civil War. However, it was the moral issue of slavery that made the Civil War such a psychological concern and one that triggered people to combat with such ferociousness to defend their side. In the end, even Abraham Lincoln made slavery the central logical for the war and identified that the end of this barbaric practice would be the heritage of this horrible dispute.
However, one thing that likewise was a tradition of the Civil War was the determination that we, as Americans, would never turn our war machine on our citizens once again. The war tore households apart and triggered brother to fight brother. Given that restoration and the Union of America, the nation has had a contusion in its national psyche over this war and that swelling reminds us that we are one people, and we would always be one people dedicated to the causes of reality, justice and the American way of life.