Historian Shelby Foote said, "Any understanding of this nation has to be based...on an understanding of the Civil War...The Civil War defined us as what we are, and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things. It is necessary if you're going to understand the American character in the 20th century to learn about this enormous catastrophe of the mid-19th century. It was the crossroads of our beginning." (Burns & Burns, 1990)
Any American can look at her words and instantly see a meaning, the meanings may differ but each American relates. The words "It was a crossroads to a beginning", show that America was divided and the war reunited America as a unified nation. Without the bloodshed and sacrifice, America would look quite different. Many nations or none at all could have been the result, but the truth is that the North and the South needed each other for survival.
America was founded in freedom, which came in many forms. Her words also show how the people of America took this freedom to heart and would do anything to preserve it. The differences in man is what makes us great and what causes such catastrophes. Her words give allow anyone to glance straight into the heart of each and every American and see what built this strong nation.
Soldiers died in many battles that took place during the Civil War, in fact the war was responsible for more than 618,000 American deaths ("Civilwarhome.com", 2004). It...