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Week 6 Notes, Part 1

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Week 6 Notes, Part 1 History 3625

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These notes cover the week before the Exam we just took, and the next part will include the end of the notes, as well as the notes on the Spanish-American War.
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Date Created: 02/29/16
Week 6: 02/16/2016 – 02/18/2016 – 02/23/2016 The Civil War cont’d. 1864  Victory is in sight, only if Lincoln hires the “right” commander.  Total War is complete.  Spring/Summer: Grant and Lee go back and forth, trying to deplete one another’s resources.  Lee loses about 60k Soldiers. U.S. Grant: total war and coordinated operations. Sherman (and Total War)  Marches from Chattanooga to Atlanta, then orders his forces to Virginia.  Grant and Butler reinforce Lee and prevents mobility. o Main focus was to break down the Confederacy.  Objective: evacuate citizens in preparation for battle. o Both evacuation and citizens are distractions to the officers.  Potential of rebellion—“Family of my Enemies” deal.  Increased the risk of Sabotage and Information leakage.  There is a lack of resources where the Union is attempting to care for the Southerners.  This ordeal places blame on the Confederate for the inevitable damages, that there is no support from their government.  Benefit: Sherman can move the Southerners at will without their government’s protection. Sherman Marches to the Sea 1864, and Through the Carolinas (1865)  Captures Atlanta in 1864. o Destroys any items or places that can be used to the Confederate’s advantage in war. Confederate Partisan Raiders in Virginia  Union fights against Partisan groups who are appointed by government officials. o Partisan Ranger Act of 1862 o Partisans specialize in guerilla warfare, but they are usually locals terrorizing Union soldiers. o Partisans are estimated to be about 1/3 of the Confederate Army, used for both conventional and unconventional warfare. The Lieber Code and General Order 100  Francis Lieber: fought against Napoleon during the Napoleonic Wars. o Lieber opposed succession, and believed in the Union’s ability to restore the Union. o Questioned the Morality of War… every legitimate soldiers are or can be treated under the “bar” of war. o Belief that the Partisans are civilians acting in rebellion. o Limits on buildings and institutes, and only allowed if it legitimizes achieving war effort. o Focuses on Humanitarianism, which is believed to prolong war.  Vigorous wars are brief and short. Cost of War:  Union dead: ~389k  Confederate dead: ~289k+ (possibly more than originally estimated.)  Wounded (Combined): ~475k+  Union casualty rate: 1 in 5 (~17%)  Confederate casualty rate: 1 in 3 (~35%) Why did the Confederacy Lose: (Possibilities)  External Reasons: o The Union had greater manpower as well as resources. o The length of the war, which was longer than either side anticipated. o There was also a lack of international support.  Internal Reasons: o The Confederates had a loss/lack of will and identity as a new “nation.” o Leadership issues:  Lincoln was more personable, healthier and showed more actual effort in the war.  Davis was sick, rigid, and less actively involved during the war. o Internal Disputes  There was a lack of support and/or resources. Late-19 Century: the Military’s Return 1. How does the mission of both the Army and Navy evolve? 2. How do they develop a more professional outlook? 3. What kind of Transition between the Civil War Era and the Spanish-American War  Raises questions about African American soldiers.  There is a cap in the military at about 28k, including African American soldiers. o They are late labeled as Buffalo Soldiers, stationed out in the Midwest for reconstruction. Soldiers Drinking at Forth Keogh, MT, 1890s  Soldiers sought out the West out of the expectation of novelty and fighting Indians. o Ends up focusing mostly on hard labor and building garrisons.  Many concerns about climate change, as it was a very isolated area with a limited supply chain. o Stress of everything lead to alcoholism and desertion. Post-Civil War Officers  Many promoted officers lose their status and ranking after the Civil War. o This is due to their temporary promotions during the war, which they go back to their previous rank post-war.  Promotions during this time were slow, an individual would have to wait for the individual in their wanted spot to get promoted so that the spot becomes open.  All of the officer’s ambitions were thwarted with this stagnant period.  Navy: they lost from roughly 700 ships to around 50 in the span of 5 years. o These ships were deprecated and dilapidated. Post-Civil War Reconstruction Policy  The focus was on restoring the South. o The Army didn’t want to, as it was too political in nature while their purpose was in fighting.  Andrew Johnson showed no guidance during this period. o He was very lenient in reconstruction policy.  He also encouraged Southern governments to go against Reconstruction.  This led to the “Black Codes” which demoted free Blacks to second class.  There seemed to be very opposing opinions and decisions within the government and between them and the army. Freedmen’s Bureau  This was an organization created to help African Americans transition from slaves to free Black citizens. o Also focused on creating a court system for free Blacks to second class, like slaves.  This put a struggle on their ability in owning land and property as well as obtaining jobs, etc. Army  They take the responsibilities on general reconstruction.  Helps African Americans register to vote.  Breaks apart Supremacy Groups such as the KKK.  There were no major issues in restoring the South, but many Generals/Officers did not wish to restore their social order.  However, radical members of Congress though that the Army was not doing enough, whereas Democrats believed that the Army was doing too much. 1877  Congress denies proper appropriation from the Army, reducing the money which leads to people not getting paid.  The responsibilities of the Army are to reform the Western Frontier, restoring the relationship between Natives and Whites.  More White settlers span out, creating conflict between the settlers and the Natives.  Army reduces to policing social order and land, which forced the Natives in moving to smaller reservations.  There’s a sort of ambivalence in the relationship and order within the Native American culture. o Others believe that the Natives should be exterminated whereas others prefer to convert them and assimilate them to White culture. 


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