This site contains various essays intended to give the reader a better understanding of the American Civil War. Eventually each battlefield covered in the photography section will have an essay explaining the history behind that battle's campaign.
General Information Essays
- Army Organization - a description of the organization of armies during the American Civil War, from companies up to armies.
The following American Civil War essays are in chronological order.
- Cause of the American Civil War - September, 1789 to April, 1861 – A discussion of the social and political events that lead from the Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions in 1789 to the start of the American Civil War in April, 1861.
- Lee's Maryland Campaign - September, 1862 – Robert E. Lee's invasion of the north was stopped by George McClellan's finding of the Lost Order, culminating in the bloodiest day in American history.
- Burnside's Fredericksburg Campaign - December, 1862 – Ambrose Burnside's attempt to capture Fredericksburg was the most lopsided, and one of the bloodiest, defeats of the war.
- Hooker's Chancellorsville Campaign - April to May, 1863 – The campaign of "Fighting Joe" Hooker caught Robert E. Lee by surprise, but led to arguably Lee's most stunning victory.