Category Archives: This Date in Civil War History

Another take on President Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination

by Jeffrey S. Williams The son of a well-known actor, John Wilkes Booth was an accomplished actor by 1859 and was performing in Richmond, Virginia, in November of that year when he spontaneously joined the Richmond Grays, a local militia … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War history – President Abraham Lincoln Assassinated – April 14, 1865

President Abraham Lincoln knew that the possibility of his assassination was a constant possibility. In his desk drawer was an envelope marked “Assassination,” full of threats written to him during his administration. On the evening of Good Friday, 14 April … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War history – Lee Surrenders at Appomattox Court House – April 9, 1865

The small Virginia town of Appomattox Court House, ninety miles west of Richmond, was the site of the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia to Federal forces on 9 April 1865. A twelve-day campaign drew both armies away from the … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War history – Battle of Franklin – November 30, 1864

Lieutenant General John Bell Hood stood on the high slope of Winstead Hill, just south of Franklin, Tennessee, on the afternoon of 30 November 1864. Hood appeared older than his thirty-three years, as he leaned on a crutch supporting the … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War history – Fort Pillow Massacre – April 12, 1864

Fort Pillow was located on the east bank of the Mississippi River, 40 miles north of Memphis, Tennessee. Constructed by Confederate General Gideon Pillow in 1861, it overlooked the river, and its principal function was to control river traffic on … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War history: April 9, 1864 – Battle of Pleasant Hill

Pleasant Hill was the last major battle of the Red River campaign of 1864. Persistent if not talented, Union Major General Nathaniel P. Banks still held onto his scheme to take Shreveport, Louisiana, despite his loss to Confederate Major General … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War history: April 8, 1864 – Battle of Mansfield/Sabine Crossroads

Also known as the battle of Sabine Crossroads, this clash was the decisive battle in northwestern Louisiana that effectively halted the Union’s Red River campaign of 1864. In early 1864, Federal commanders devised the invasion of Texas by way of … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War: March 23-29, 1864

Information courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force (www.mncivilwar150.com and “Minnesota Civil War 150” on Facebook)   Major Highlights for the Week Wednesday March 23, 1864 Federal columns moved south from Little Rock, Arkansas to join Major General … Continue reading

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Full Text of the Dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – November 19, 1863

ORDER OF PROCESSION FOR THE CONSECRATION OF THE NATIONAL CEMETERY AT GETTYSBURG, PA., ON THE 19th OF NOVEMBER, 1863. Military under command of Major-General Couch. Major-General Meade and Staff, and the Officers and Soldiers of the Army of the Potomac. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Civil War History: Vicksburg Campaign – May-July 1863

During the winter of 1862-1863, Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant made several unsuccessful forays to capture the strategic fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi. A combination of swampy bogs along the Yazoo River north of the city, the 200-foot-high bluffs … Continue reading

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