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Vocab: Civil War

TermDefinition
Secede To break away from
Fort Sumter Federal fort in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina; the confederate attack on the fort marked the start of the Civil War
Confederacy Alliance of southern states that seceded from the Union over slavery
Union A general term for the United States during the Civil War which also was used to refer to the Northern army.
Jefferson Davis An American politician who served as President of the Confederate States of America for its entire history from 1861 to 1865 during the American Civil War.
Robert E. Lee A former union general that joined the South after Virginia seceded. He was in charge of the Confederate Army, and led it to many victories
Ulysses S. Grant An American general and the eighteenth President of the United States (1869-1877). He achieved international fame as the leading Union general in the American Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States saved the Union during the Civil War and emancipated the slaves; was assassinated by Booth (1809-1865)
Border States In the Civil War the states between the North and the South that allowed slavery, but did not join the Confederacy: Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri
Richmond, Virginia Capital of the Confederacy
Yankees Nickname granted to soldiers in the Union.
Rebels Another name for the Confederates
Johnny Reb Slang for a Confederate soldier or army during the war.
Billy Yank The personification of the Union. Sort of the opposite of Johnny Reb.
Created by: mehilton