President Abraham Lincoln had a difficult time finding the best general to lead the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. The slides here show the progression of generals and battles that culminated in Lincoln’s choice of Ulysses S. Grant, the general whose willingness to fight echoed Lincoln’s determination to bring an end to this war. As you trace the fate of the Army of the Potomac, keep in mind that, while it was the major Northern army in the Eastern theater, there were nine other sections or Northern armies in other geographical areas.
Since slavery was a major issue in the Civil War, this site also gives you the opportunity to learn statistics about slavery in the United States and slave trade throughout the world up to the time of the Civil War.
The sidebar of this site reads “Understand the War Through People Then and Now.” That is the mission of the site, and when you click on each word or phrase, you open up a world of information about the Civil War. Complied resources help us understand the war from the viewpoint of Pennsylvanians who lived at the time. Interactive timelines and maps, artifacts, biographical details, first-person narratives, and related resources build a detailed image of how the people and events in one state helped to determine the course of the war.