The Civil War

Kansas-Nebraska Act

Stephen Douglas wanted to divide the Louisiana Purchase into two separate territories, Kansas and Nebraska. He believes in popular sovereignty, but there is a problem concerning the Missouri Compromise. He thinks that by doing this, he will gain support from the south in possibly running for president. After a long debate in Congress, the act was eventually passed in 1854. The Missouri Compromise was repealed as a result from this act being passed.

Dred Scott Case

Dred Scott was a slave who was taken to Illinois and Wisconsin with his owner to live. After moving back to Missouri four years later, his owner died and Dred sued for his freedom. He argued that he should have become free as soon as he entered a free state. The Missouri Court rulled against Dred, sending the case to the US Supreme Court. In March of 1857, it was said that Dred Scott could not sue because he was considered property.

Gettysburg

This was one of the major battles that occurred in the Civil War. It was fought between the Union and Confederate forces. General Robert E. Lee lead the Confederate force and General George G. Meades led the Union forces. General Lee planned to attack the Union forces at Gettysburg in July of 1863, beginning the battle. This battle was said to be the turning point in the war, causing the South to fight defensively for the rest of the war.

Fredericksburg

The Battle of Fredericksburg was the greatest victory for the South. The battle occurred in December of 1862. General Robert E. Lee and General Stonewall Jackson are able to obtain the high ground. The North decides to attack the South with no regards to the South's advantage. The Union force's, led by General Ambrose Burnside, chances of winning were lessened due to the many casualties that they faced during this battle.