Chapter Sixteen, The Civil War
In this lecture you will learn about the tactics and strategies used by both sides in the Civil War. First you will learn, however, the reasons that President Lincoln offered to the southerners why war with the North made no sense for either side, no matter who won. Then you will discover why the southerners started the war anyway, and what the relative strengths were of both sides. You'll learn, too, what role the neutral states played, how both sides raised their armies and payed for the war, and what role the British played in the contest. You'll also learn how President Lincoln dealt with his critics as victory for the North seemed to fade, and how the elections of 1862 and 1864 changed his war strategy. On the battlefield itself, you will meet the top commanders on both sides and scrutinize the two "must win" battles that both sides knew they had to win to secure ultimate victory. Finally, you will march with Lee and Grant themselves as these two iconic commanders fight it out to the bitter end in the closing months of the war, and you will be at the humble signing ceremony when Lee finally surrendered his sword to Grant, bringing to an end this most tragic, but most necessary, chapter in American history. This file is 1 hr. 59 min. in length and 108 MB in size. You may download it twice. Give it plenty of time to do so.