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The Civil War


The Civil War<BR>(1861-1865)
The Civil War

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.59

     challenging words:    secede, heading, commander, rebellion, deserting, clear, bridges, allow, army, damage, presence, lived, rebuild, state, weak, during
     content words:    Civil War, General William, South Carolina, General Grant, General Lee, Appomattox Court House, Wilmer McLean, Bull Run, Mexican War

By Cathy Pearl

1     By 1865, it was clear that the North was going to win the Civil War. It was only a matter of time before the South was forced to give up fighting.
2     In February of 1865, General William Sherman's troops left Georgia. They were heading for South Carolina. This state was the first state to secede. Many soldiers and civilians in the North saw this state as the place where the rebellion had started.
3     Sherman had destroyed much of what he came across as he marched through the South. Until this time, there hadn't been a lot of fighting in South Carolina. The state had little damage from fighting. That would soon change.
4     The Southern army did what it could to slow Sherman down. But the Southern army was growing weak. More and more men were deserting every day. There was little it could do. The Southern army kept retreating.
5     Sherman kept moving toward General Grant, the commander of the Union army. While he did, he continued to burn everything in his path. This included houses, farms, and bridges. Nothing was left standing after Sherman left a town.

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