May 28, 2013

Young recruits during American Civil War

Recruits, like the young Georgia soldier flocked to the banners of both north and south sides during the American Civil War from 1861 to 1865. At first, the South had several victories. One of the most important was the first Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas), in which Confederate forces routed Northern soldiers just a few miles from Washington, D.C., in July, 186l. Defeats such as this made people in the North realize that the war would be long and hard. President Lincoln began to assemble the largest fighting force that the country had ever seen. In all, throughout the four years of the war, more than 2 million men took up arms – more than l.5 million for the North and 900,000 for the South. (Grolier Book of Knowledge Encyclopedia)