Dr. Howard Oliver - American Civil War

Dr. Howard Oliver has always held a strong passion and interest in history, particularly in the American Civil War.

Next to the American Revolution, the Civil War stands as one of the most significant and defining moments in United States History. The Revolution was responsible for creating and establishing our nation while the Civil War was a crucial determining factor for what kind of nation we would become. 

Dr. Howard Oliver loves studying this moment in history to see how the country became so divided and how it could form back together and unite over time. 

Dr. Howard Oliver - Civil War Lincoln

It all began when Abraham Lincoln won the presidential election in 1860. Lincoln was a Republican holding strong anti-slavery beliefs that caused seven of the southern states to secede from the Union and form a new nation of their own, the Confederate States of America. As Lincoln and many people from the North chose not to recognize the Confederate States as a true nation, tensions began to quickly rise. Soon after, on April 12, 1861, the first sparks of war came about at the Battle of Fort Sumter

After Fort Sumter, things began to escalate quickly as more states began to secede from the Union and troops North and South began to prepare for battle. 

The Civil War has been recognized by historians as one of the bloodiest and deadliest wars in the history of the United States with over 620,000 causalities. Dr. Howard Oliver has read about and studied all of the battles of the American Civil War, learning the ins and outs and analyzing the strategies of the generals and army leaders. Some of the most fascinating battles Dr. Howard Oliver has studied of the Civil War include:

  • Battle of Antietam
  • Battle of Shiloh
  • Battle of Chickamauga
  • Battle of Chancellorsville
  • Battle of Gettysburg

To learn more about Dr. Howard Oliver and his passions for history, travel, and more, check out his profile on Quora: https://www.quora.com/profile/Howard-Oliver.