Strengths and Weaknesses of North and South The strengths of the Union were obvious from the beginning. In terms of population, the Union was more than twice the size of the Confederacy—and one- third of the Confederate population was enslaved. With a larger ...
The Union Takes the Mississippi River In February of 1862, Union troops captured Forts Henry and Donelson and the city of Nashville, Tennessee. These successes accomplished three things. First, the North gained control of Kentucky and western Tennessee, a power ...
The Emancipation Proclamation In April 1862, Lincoln issued an executive order that freed all the slaves in Washington, DC. In September, he issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which had two main provisions. First, it stated that as of January 1, ...