Category Archives: This Date in Civil War History

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

Easy AdSense by Unreal 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 … 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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On this Date in Civil War History: The Battle of Gettysburg – July 1-3, 1863

Considered by many historians to be the turning point of the Civil War, the Gettysburg campaign began on 3 June 1863 when elements of General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia began leaving their positions near Fredericksburg and heading … Continue reading

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On this Date in Civil War history: June 9, 1863 – Battle of Brandy Station

The largest cavalry clash of the Civil War, the Battle of Brandy Station, took place as Robert E. Lee began to move his army north for the invasion of Pennsylvania in 1863. Although the battle was technically a Confederate victory, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Civil War History: May 1-3, 1863 – The Battle of Chancellorsville

A brick tavern and family residence at the intersection of the Orange Turnpike and Orange Plank Road, Chancellorsville lent its name to one of the most important battles of the Civil War. Situated at the strategic intersection of five roads … Continue reading

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Memorial dedicated to 38 Dakota executed in 1862 unveiled

Story and photos by Jeffrey S. Williams Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force “The cold air is nothing compared to what happened on this day 150 years ago,” said David Brave Heart, Mankato Mdewankantonwan Association chairman, as hundreds of people … Continue reading

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