- What kind of object is this?
- What event does this object commemorate?
- Which figure is General Sickles? How can you tell?
- Describe what appears to be going on in the scene.
- Using your knowledge of history, why was the Battle of Gettysburg important in the Civil War?
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In New York as in the rest of the Union, support for the policies of President Lincoln and even the war itself rose and fell with the fortunes of the Union army. New Yorkers disagreed over what they felt was the true purpose of the war. Support for the Emancipation Proclamation was far from unanimous and the conscription act passed by Congress in March of 1863 caused deep resentment in the state. Desertions were not at all uncommon.
Class, ethnic, and racial tensions, as well as opposition to the draft came to a head with the New York City draft riots of July 1863. The riots resulted in the deaths of 119 and the wounding of over 300 persons. Property damage was estimated at roughly one million dollars. Still in the end, the state raised twenty-three ethnic regiments, dominated by individuals of German and Irish descent, as well as three regiments of African American troops.
Despite the outcome of the Civil War, social conflicts and inequities that existed within New York prior to the war endured well into the future. Still, New York's economy grew, industrialization of the state proceeded, wages increased, and the city of New York assumed its place as the financial center of the nation.
b. Using information and evidence from all of the documents to support your thinking, and using your own knowledge of history, write an essay comparing the Civil War to the war in Iraq or in Afghanistan. How are the causes of the two wars alike and different? How would the civilians’ and soldiers’ experiences be alike and different? Your essay should be well organized and should include an introduction, at least three paragraphs, and a conclusion.