Gods and Generals - Summary

On April 14, 1861, men of the 18th South Carolina regiment removed the United States flag, which flew at Ft. Sumter, and replaced it with a Palmetto flag. An unwanted war between the states was now a reality.

Abraham Lincoln, by that date president for just a month, called on states to send 75,000 militia to fight for the Union. Southern states, like Tennessee, not only refused to send troops .. they left the Union altogether. By the time the civil war was over, hundreds of thousands of soldiers were dead.

At the beginning of the war, General Robert E. Lee and his Army made remarkable progress. Union blunders contributed to major Confederate victories—like the battles at Bull Run (Manassas), Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. But in May of 1863, Lee lost one of his most valuable assets when General Thomas ("Stonewall") Jackson died from friendly fire.

In this story about America's civil war, virtually visit the battlefields as they existed at the time and meet some of the key commanders: Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, "Jeb" Stuart, Thomas F. Meagher, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Joseph Hooker. Uncover mistakes made by Union General Ambrose Burnside at Fredericksburg.

View contemporary photographs and drawings. See annotated maps and animations of battle scenes created by the U.S. Military Academy. Examine dispatches from the front which delivered bad news to President Lincoln.

Meet Stonewall Jackson and learn how he earned his nickname. See the place where Jackson was shot and review the message he sent to General Lee advising of his injury. And ... Discover why historians still believe the loss of Jackson doomed the confederacy.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Feb 01, 2003

Updated Last Revision: May 01, 2019

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