By Steven E. Woodworth

<span><span><span>Referring to the struggle that used to be raging throughout components of the yankee panorama, Abraham Lincoln instructed Congress in 1862, "We shall nobly retailer, or meanly lose, the final most sensible desire on earth." Lincoln well-known what was once at stake within the American Civil struggle: not just freedom for 3.5 million slaves but additionally survival of self-government within the final position on the earth the place it might probably have the option of constructing freely. </span></span>
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<span><span>Noted historian Steven E. Woodworth tells the tale of what many regard because the defining occasion in usa background. whereas overlaying all theaters of struggle, he emphasizes the significance of motion within the quarter among the Appalachians and the Mississippi River in making a choice on its final result. Woodworth argues that the Civil struggle had a unique objective that used to be understood through such a lot of its individuals: it used to be essentially a clash over the difficulty of slavery. the warriors who crammed the ranks of the armies on each side knew what they have been combating for. the result of the war—after its beginnings at castle Sumter to the accomplice hand over 4 years later—was the results of the activities and judgements made via these squaddies and thousands of different american citizens. Written in transparent and compelling type, </span><span style="font-style:italic;">This nice Struggle</span><span> is their story—and ours.</span></span>
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Had the Germans had the spirit for a counter-attack, they would certainly have found a considerable gap in the line. The Arras Front These events were in the northern area of the Seventeenth Corps. In the southern portion, at about eleven o'clock, the reserve division came forward, and, passing through the weary ranks of the Ninth, pushed on along the northern bank of the river. The advance had already been a splendid one, the Ninth Division having 2000 prisoners to its credit, but this movement of the Fourth Division against an enemy who was already badly shaken was a very fruitful one.

Chart of Order of Battle, Arras, April 9, 1917 III. C. at Gavrelle — Operations of May 3—The Gavrelle Windmill—Loss of Fresnoy— Capture of Roeux—The long fight at Bullecourt Upon April 16 the great French offensive had broken out upon the Aisne, directed against the line of Chalk Downs which the British had learned to know so well in 1914, and aiming at that ancient road, the Chemin des Dames, which some of the First Division had actually reached in that year. The attack was very successful in the outset, a haul of prisoners and guns being secured which brought their factory to a level with that at Arras.

The total German losses during the day must have been very heavy, and they had nothing to show for it, though the British casualties amounted to some 4000, chiefly in the Twenty-ninth Division. It must be admitted that the Germans, who had been strongly reinforced in men and in guns, were fighting with great resolution on this front, and their defence and counter-attacks were equally gallant. From this date onwards until April 22, there was no particular forward movement, and every effort was concentrated upon the improvement of defences and communications.

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