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Civil War Battles- Bull Run Shiloh and Vicksburg The American Civil War- 1861 to 1895 A terrible four years Four years of victory defeat and death Though without it where would the United States of America be Pulled apart or reconstructed and as one When asked what is the Civil War people are most likely to say a war fought between the north and the south Then when asked why they say because the north and the south had opposite views on subjects Their answers are right However when asked what happened in Vicksburg or Shiloh or even Bull Run few know First Manassas or Bull Run was and important battle for the Yanks If they beat the confederates Lees defense strategy would be ruined Each side had there own strategy McDowell strategy was to overwhelm Beauregard confederate leader at Manassas and have Patterson pin Johnstons force McDowell was happy because he had a 3to 2 lead McDowell lead his troop to Centreville where the army would think about their attack on Beauregards troop where strong but the Confederates stronger With 24000 men the Confederates had less than the Union with 35000 men However only 18572 of the Union where in battle and 18053 of the Confederates They used 49 cannons each and the rest fought with their rifles Each of them lost many people during the fighting In one day the Union army had 460 killed 1124 wounded and 1312 captured or missing thats a total of 2 896 On the other hand the Confederate army had 387 killed 1582 wounded and 13 captured or missing thats a total of 1982 The battle was fought with great honor However most of the honor went to the Confederates They won the battle and it was just one of their many victories Shiloh Tennessee April 6 1962- a town becomes a battlefield where hundreds will be wounded or captured or even die
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