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The Civil War: Part II

We're going to jump in right where we left off with the previous Civil War post.

The Battle of Fredericksburg (Virginia)

In November 1862, Major General Ambrose Burnside replaced Major General McClellan as the commander of the Army of the Potomac.

The Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13, 1862 involved nearly 200,000 combatants. Burnside led his more than 120,000 troops across the Rappahannock River, where they did a two-prong attack on the right and left flanks of Lee's 80,000 men army. On both ends, Lee's men turned back the Union assault with heavy casualties.

The Battle of Fredericksburg was a crushing defeat for the Union, and the Union morale plummeted. Burnside accepted blame for the defeat. The Battle led to an increase in morale for the Confederates.

Battle of Shiloh (Tennessee)

On April 6, 1863, 40,000 Confederate soldiers under the command of General Albert Sidney Johnston poured out of nearby woods and struck a line of Union soldiers occupying ground near …


To celebrate this blog's monumental pageview amount, I thought I would take the time to answer the top five questions I'm asked whenever I mention in passing or in detail that I write an American history blog.

Question 1: Out of all of the topics I could have chosen to write about, why did I choose to write about American history?

To answer this question, we must travel back in time to 2011. I was in my sophomore year of college and one of the classes I was taking was called Educational Technology. In the Educational Technology class, education majors learned how to use various technologies and incorporate them into lessons. One of the assignments at the end of the semester was to start a blog. The blog could be about anything we wanted to write about--we weren't limited on the topic (as long as it was appropriate) and we weren't limited on the length, but the blog did have to be shared privately with the class through the college's website. Even though the blog c…

The Civil War: Part I

Hello readers. Before I get into this blog post, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year! I would also like to say that posts on this blog may become few and far between again, but I'll try to post as often as I can, and in as much depth as I can. I found out recently that I got accepted to Southern New Hampshire University to pursue a Master's of Arts degree in American History. My classes start in a couple of weeks, and I'm super-excited for this opportunity and what this degree, and the knowledge earned along the way to achieving it, can mean for my future as a history teacher and for this blog. So, follow this blog, and the Facebook page associated with it here, and you'll get to continue to see what I post here and on the Facebook page!
Well, let's get on with today's post, shall we?

In mid-February 1861, Abraham Lincoln made his journey via train from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, DC for his presidential inauguration. With the outbreak of t…