Civil War Facts – Facts You Should Know About the Civil War

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Civil War Facts for Kids

The war began when the Southern Confederates bombarded the Union soldiers at Fort Sumter, South Carolina on April 12, 1861.

The conflict was triggered by the election of Abraham Lincoln, who wanted to end slavery and keep the Union together.

The Civil War is also known as “The War Between the States.”

The war was fought between the United States of America and the Confederate States of America, a collection of eleven southern states that left the union in 1860 and 1861 and formed their own country to protect the institution of slavery.

Abraham Lincoln was the president of the United States during the Civil War.

The North had more men and war supply than the South.

Union Army was a multicultural force where one-third of the soldiers were immigrants, and nearly one in 10 was African American.

Black soldiers of the Union refused their pay for 18 months to protest being paid lower wages than the white soldiers.

Black union soldiers were paid $10 a month while the white soldiers were paid at least $13, with offices earning more.

Lincoln was shot at and almost killed nearly two years before he was assassinated.