Use this Discovering American History video entitled The Civil War 1861 to 1865 to study the deadliest challenge to community and identity, a civil war. Learn how both sides began the war underestimating its seriousness, scope, and duration. Northern generals such as Grant and Sherman recognized the arrival of a more modern style warfare and fought accordingly. Discover how the entire American community went to war, except ironically the southern planter elite who had the largest stake in the outcome. Study how American men and women served in the military, helped out in many community support organizations, or fled to the Union lines, their lives changed dramatically. The North's advantage in population and industry finally proved too much for the South to withstand, although victory hung in the balance until nearly the very end of the conflict.
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