The Civil War

By Joy Goehring

The Battle Over Slavery

Lincoln could not allow 11 states leave the Union because it would be bad for the future of the county. If president Lincoln let states succeed whenever they want, it would be a bad example and tear apart the overall union.

South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida succeeded from the Union in 1861. The war started in Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861. The war divided the North and South.

Robert E. Lee was the commander of the Confederate Army. People lined up around the block to get in the war. People would have picnics on the hills and watch the people fight.

Girls were encouraged to not speak in public or work. Poor women worked in factories to help the war. A few women disguised themselves as men to go into the war. Some women made presentation flags for the men in war. The women did the men's laundry.

Lincoln was reelected November 1864. Slavery was outlawed in 1865. General Lee formally surrendered on April 9, 1865 ending the Civil War. Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.

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