Part 5: A new birth of freedom
Across the country, Confederate armies advance north into Union-held territory hoping to continue their string of victories and force the Federals to sue for peace.
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GRAPHIC: Gene Thorp - The Washington Post. Published Sept. 7, 2012.
Abraham Lincoln's election spurred the slave-holding states of the Deep South to secede.
Years of built up tension are released when the opening shots of the Civil War are fired.
The North continues its efforts to crush the rebellion and pushes the Confederacy to the brink of collapse.
Confederate armies pull together and push the Federals back to the gates of Washington.
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