By Lisa Tendrich Frank
Civil battle: humans and views appears at probably the most convulsive occasions in American heritage during the eyes of standard electorate, studying matters on the topic of the house entrance and battle entrance around the complete spectrum of racial, classification, and gender barriers. relocating clear of the normal concentrate on recognized political and armed forces figures, this insightful quantity recounts the studies of squaddies, ladies and youngsters, slaves and freed folks, local american citizens, immigrants, and different social teams in the course of a time of striking nationwide upheaval. it's a revealing examine how the lives of daily people?€”Northern and Southern, black and white, wealthy and negative, female and male, enslaved and free?€”shaped and have been formed through the yankee Civil struggle.
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March 1865 Grant defeats Lee at the Battle of Petersburg. Jefferson Davis signs a bill that allows African American enlistment in the Confederate Army. Congress creates the Freedmen’s Bureau to help former slaves in their transition to freedom. Clara Barton establishes the Office of Correspondence with Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army. April 1865 Confederate forces evacuate from Richmond, Virginia. Lee surrenders his Confederate forces to Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.
Partially owing to the effects of desertion, Confederate War Department figures in 1865 depict an army with the strength of almost 360,000 men on paper but with only 160,000 present for duty. Given the perceived hopelessness of the cause, however, this speaks as much to the dedication of those who remained as it does to the infidelity of those who deserted. A few deserters headed toward enemy lines, but home communities represented a far more likely destination. Receiving plaintive appeals depicting starvation and other privations on the home front, some Confederate soldiers concluded that the army had abandoned them, that the Confederacy was doomed to failure, and that they could better protect their families by returning home rather than by remaining on the front lines.
Not all soldiers, however, shared these traits. The Union Army in particular housed a diverse array of soldiers. Approximately 200,000 Germans and 150,000 Irish fought for the Union, often in regiments consisting almost entirely of members of their ethnic group. Foreigners also served in the Confederate ranks, but because the South had not attracted many immigrants during the 1850s, they numbered fewer than 100,000 men. Additionally, after the Emancipation Proclamation made the Civil War a war to end slavery as well as to restore the Union, more than 180,000 African Americans, mainly former slaves, volunteered for the Union Army.
Civil War: People and Perspectives (Perspectives in American Social History) by Lisa Tendrich Frank