The passage of time makes the ultimate outcome of the Civil War-reunification of the United States and abolition of slavery-seem inevitable. But the war very easily could have turned out differently. Review the history of some of the over 5,000 battles waged in that war, from the events preceding them on through the manner in which they were conducted, and hypothesize how the outcome of each could have turned out differently if we altered one or two "fortuitous" incidents. We will examine the foibles of human beings whose actions affected multiple thousands of lives on the battlefield and all of history thereafter. We will also look at single acts of "fate" where mere inches changed the war. Discuss how a different ending on the battlefield might have altered the war's political dynamics and influenced the balance of power.
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