The American Civil War of 1861-1865 is the bloodiest war in American history. For four years Americans murdered each other in their own backyards and cornfields, familiar peach orchards and river banks. West Point colleagues and friends led opposing armies into open slaughter against each other on American hillsides and valleys. American bullets splintered American bones. The respective capitals of the Union and the Confederacy were barely one hundred miles from each other. The war resulted in the death of over 600,000 soldiers and 50,000 civilians, around 2.5% of the population, and 1 in 5 of all enlisted men. Gettysburg alone resulted in 50,000 casualties – more than all previous American wars combined, in just three days.
In these Snippetts, everything you need to know about certain battles and soldiers is written in 250 words or less, but it doesn’t stop there. Further reading is provided at the end of every Snippett, so you can fully explore the four years that truly and irrevocably changed America.