The first modern war The American Civil War is often cited as the first modern war because the belligerents involved wielded a wide array of weaponry and utilized systems of tactics which are more or less still in use today including advanced ballistics and rifling, mechanized warfare, aerial reconnaissance via balloonanti-aircraft artillery, land mines, iron-body fighting ships, advanced logistics including telegraph, railroad, and rapid communication signaling systems, universally drilled infantry part of a divisional army structure, and modern bombards and rail guns. The armies involved were vast and national as opposed to locally conscripted. The Civil War also saw the introduction of the first national draft when the Confederate congress passed one of three conscription acts starting in April of
Public opinion[ edit ] The attack on Fort Sumter rallied the North to the defense of American nationalism. Historian, Allan Nevinssays: The thunderclap of Sumter produced a startling crystallization of Northern sentiment Anger swept the land. From every side came news of mass meetings, speeches, resolutions, tenders of business support, the muster of companies and regiments, the determined action of governors and legislatures.
At the time, Northerners were right to wonder at the near unanimity that so quickly followed long months of bitterness and discord. It would not last throughout the protracted war to come — or even through the year — but in that moment of unity was laid bare the common Northern nationalism usually hidden by the fierce battles more typical of the political arena.
Voters became afraid of power being centralized in Washington, extravagant spending, and war profiteering. Democratic candidates emphasized these fears.
The candidates added that rapid modernization was putting too much political power in the hands of Eastern financiers and industrialists. They warned that the abolition of slavery would bring a flood of freed blacks into the labor market of the North.
Republicans responded with claims of defeatism. They indicted Copperheads for criminal conspiracies to free Confederate prisoners of warand played on the spirit of nationalism and the growing hatred of the slaveowners, as the guilty party in the war. Presidency of Abraham Lincoln Historians have overwhelmingly praised the "political genius" of Abraham Lincoln's performance as President.
This required that he master entirely new skills as a strategist and diplomat. He oversaw supplies, finances, manpower, the selection of generals, and the course of overall strategy. Working closely with state and local politicians, he rallied public opinion and at Gettysburg articulated a national mission that has defined America ever since.
Lincoln's charm and willingness to cooperate with political and personal enemies made Washington work much more smoothly than Richmondthe Confederate capital, and his wit smoothed many rough edges. Lincoln's cabinet proved much stronger and more efficient than Davis's, as Lincoln channeled personal rivalries into a competition for excellence rather than mutual destruction.
Chase at the Treasuryand from Edwin Stanton at the War DepartmentLincoln had a powerful cabinet of determined men. Except for monitoring major appointments and decisions, Lincoln gave them free rein to end the Confederate rebellion. Lincoln, as the leader of the moderate and conservative factions of the Republican Party, often crossed swords with the Radical Republicansled by Stevens and Sumner.
It was a joint committee of both houses that was dominated by the Radical Republicans, who took a hard line against the Confederacy. During the 37th and 38th Congresses, the committee investigated every aspect of Union military operations, with special attention to finding commanders culpable for military defeats.
It assumed an inevitable Union victory.
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Failure was perceived to indicate evil motivations or personal failures. The committee distrusted graduates of the US Military Academy at West Point, since many of the academy's alumni were leaders of the enemy army.
Members of the committee much preferred political generals with a satisfactory political record. Some of the committee suggested that West-Pointers who engaged in strategic maneuver were cowardly or even disloyal.
It ended up endorsing incompetent but politically correct generals. In the East, opposition to the war was strongest among Irish Catholics, but also included business interests connected to the South typified by August Belmont.
The Democratic Party was deeply split. In most Democrats supported the war. However, the party increasingly split down the middle between the moderates who supported the war effort, and the peace element, including Copperheads, who did not.
It scored major gains in the elections, and elected the moderate Horatio Seymour as governor of New York. They gained 28 seats in the House of Representatives but Republicans retained control of both the House and the Senate. Lincoln met with his Cabinet for the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation draft on July 22, The election for the Indiana legislature was especially hard-fought.
Though the Democrats gained control of the legislature, they were unable to impede the war effort. Republican Governor Oliver P. Morton was able to maintain control of the state's contribution to the war effort despite the Democrat majority.The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy Indiana University Press paperback ed Edition.
During the American Civil War (–), the Union, also known as the North, referred to the United States of America and specifically to the national government of President Abraham Lincoln and the 20 free states, as well as 4 border and slave states (some with split governments and troops sent both north and south) that supported it.
The Union was opposed by 11 southern slave states (or. The American Civil War was the first modern war. It was a watershed time which introduced changes in tactics, logistics, communications and the concept of total war to the world. Though it did not change the essential nature of war, which Clausewitz says is “ is an act of .
The American Civil War has been known by a number of names since it began in These names reflect the historical, political, and cultural sensitivities and agendas of different groups and regions.. The most common name in modern American usage is simply "The Civil War".
For four years between and , the United States engaged in a civil war. Divisions between the free North and the slaveholding South erupted into a full-scale conflict after the election of Abraham Lincoln as president in 11 Southern states seceded from the Union, collectively turning.
At the point of maximum war danger between Great Britain and the United States, the London satirical publication Punch published a vicious caricature of US President Abraham Lincoln and Russian.