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The information presented on this page is subject to changes. This page is here to give the best information possible to educate you about the truth of the American Civil War. I realize that each viewer may have a different opinion about the causes of and the reasons for the Civil War, and I believe that all the information gathered here is good reference material that covers the actual facts.
The Civil War Division of the Warwick Living History Organization is made up of members portraying real or created Civilians, Soldiers (both Confederate and Union), Riverboat Pirates, Native Americans, etc., during the time period of 1861-1865.
The Mission of the Civil War Division is to teach the public about all aspects of the Civil War. Members will research and teach about their Persona and their side of the war only. They will not teach false facts.
On December 20th South Carolina convention passes ordinance of secession thus seceding from the Union. The Declaration of Secession for South Carolina states, "We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection."
The American Civil War (1861–1865) was a sectional conflict in the United States between the Federal government ("Union") and 11 southern slave states that declared their secession and formed the Confederate States of America, led by President Jefferson Davis. The "Union", led by President Abraham Lincoln and the Republican party which opposed expansion of slavery, rejected any right of secession. Fighting began April 12-13,1861 when Confederate forces attacked a Federal fort at the Battle of Fort Sumter.
In the first year the Union asserted control of the border states and established a naval blockade as both sides raised large armies. In 1862 the large, bloody battles began. After the Battle of Antietam in September 1862, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation made the freeing of the slaves a war goal — one bitterly opposed by Copperheads (The Copperheads were a faction of Democrats in the North who opposed the American Civil War). Emancipation ensured that Britain and France did not intervene to help the Confederates. In addition, the goal also allowed the Union to recruit African-Americans for reinforcements; a resource that the Confederacy did not dare exploit until it was too late.
The immediate causes of secession and war were the issue of slavery in the territories and the election of Abraham Lincoln, which signaled the end of Southern control over the federal government. If Lincoln was not an immediate threat to slavery, he threatened to put it "in the course of ultimate extinction." And loss of the territories to free states meant the South would become increasingly marginalized.
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Helpful Information on the Civil War
The History Place - An easy-to-use American Civil War timeline with many original photographs and interesting quotes.
The American Civil War - This page has a good account of the issues that lead up to the war between the states.
civil-war.net - The Civil War Home Page. Dedicated to the participants, both North and South, in the great American Civil War.
Women in the Civil War -Women Were There, a collection of information with links.