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The History of the Confederacy

By Emile Bautista

The history of the Confederate States of America was short, but interesting. After the election of 1860 and Lincoln’s victory, the South was convinced that their way of life was at risk. The first state to secede from the Union was South Carolina on December 20th, 1860. South Carolina was then followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, and North Carolina in this order. The last state to secede from the Union was Tennessee on June 8th, 1861.

http://americanhistory.about.com/od/civilwarmenu/a/secession_order.htm

America: History of our Nation: Beginnings through 1877 (Prentice Hall)

Jefferson Davis became president of the Confederate States of America on February 18th, 1861. He had a lot of work set out for him. He had to build a new nation while fighting his old nation. The Confederate States of America got a few different national flags throughout the years. They changed often because there seemed to be a fault with a few of the designs. The first Confederate flag looked similar to the United States flag. The South had to design a battle flag after there was confusion in the first battle of Bull Run. (The Confederate flag still is seen today. When you think of who might have those flags you may think that only racists have the flag. I believe that many people are unaware of the meaning of the flag and they just need to be educated more.)

http://www.civilwar.com/resources/313-flags/150182-confederate-flag-history.html

The Confederate States of America started their first and final war on April 12th, 1861.  Southern troops attacked Fort Sumter. The Confederates fought the Union soldiers for 4 years. The Confederates had advantages and disadvantages. The Confederates had a lot less soldiers because of their smaller population than the Union. The South had a lot of smart generals. The most well known Confederate general is Robert E. Lee. He led his troops to many victories. At the end of the war, the Union soldiers proved to be too overwhelming and the North won the Civil War.

America: History of our Nation: Beginnings through 1877 (Prentice Hall)