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Anaconda Plan

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• Winfield Scott
George McClellan
Abraham Lincoln
Civil War


Definition: U.S. General-in-Chief Winfield Scott's plan to defeat the Confederacy: blockade the southern and eastern coasts, seize control of the Mississippi River so as to break the Confederacy in two, and then strike from all sides at once. When Scott and President Abraham Lincoln released the details of this plan, journalists and others scoffed at its lengthy development time. However, events of the Civil War proved Scott's plan sound.

Related Resources:
The Civil War
The Civil War was one of the most devastating events in American History. Read about the causes, see the heroes, and share the horror. Start here.

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The Anaconda Plan
Find out more about this strategy and why it seemed to work in the long run.

General Scott Explains the Plan to General George McClellan
Read all about the strategy in the words of the man who invented it.

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