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In the western portion of Virginia, the Piedmont country rose slowly toward the Appalachians. The most important was the Shenandoah Valley. Situated west of the Blue Ridge, and known as “the Valley,”the Shenandoah was highly valued by the Confederacy. The valley’s Blue Ridge provided cover for Rebel troop movements. While Virginia was a constant battlefield, other Southern states saw their share of action. Tennessee and Georgia saw significant fighting. In eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia, troops had to move around steep mountains.

The old wooden dome had been removed and a new metal dome was being added. As the war progressed, more and more of these buildings became army hospitals. C. The Army’s commander, Lieutenant General Winfield Scott, hero of the Mexican War and in his seventies, secured the area around the capital with local militia. President Lincoln generally remained close to Washington, guiding the military effort most of the time from his office in the White House. The Civil War would be fought from New Mexico to Pennsylvania, across different forms of terrain.

____ 7. ____8. ____ 9. ____ 10. ____ 11. ____ 12. _____ © Milliken Publishing Company 42 MP3473 America’s Civil War The Trent Incident D uring the summer of 1861, General McClellan developed a massive and competent army but made no moves to take his men into battle. While McClellan’s forces numbered 200,000, he refused to fight or even move his army into Virginia until he had 270,000 men. In September, McClellan faced embarrassment when Union advance troops reaching Confederate cannons that had been trained on Washington for weeks discovered them to be “Quaker Guns”—logs painted black to resemble field pieces.

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