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Fort Sumter

a federal fort located in the harbor of Charleston South Carolina; the southern attack on Fort Sumter marked the start of the Civil War

Robert E. Lee

Confederate commanding general of the Army of Northern Virginia

border state

a slave state that bordered states in which slavery was illegal

King Cotton

cotton was called king because cotton was important to the world market and the South grew most of the cotton for Europe's mills

Anaconda Plan

a strategy by which the Union proposed to defeat the Confederacy in the Civil War


when armed forces prevent the transportation of goods or people into or out of an area

First Battle of Bull Run

an 1861 battle of the Civil War in which the South shocked the North with a victory

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