Category Archives: African-American

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

Easy Plugin for 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 … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War History: Battle of Fort Wagner – July 18, 1863

The storming of Fort Wagner typified the poorly planned frontal assaults launched by so many Civil War commanders. It ended in a bloody repulse for the Union attackers. The only consolation the Northern public found in the disaster was the … Continue reading

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Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863)

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 10 October 1837 into great wealth with interlocking kinship ties to the Brahmin families of Forbes, Parkman, Cabot, Lodge, Hunnewell, Sturgis, and Lowell, Robert Gould Shaw had a privileged childhood. His parents insisted on perfectionist … Continue reading

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After oversight, Mississippi ratifies 13th Amendment abolishing slavery almost 150 years after its adoption

The state thought it had approved the amendment in 1995, but a clerical error left the ratification unresolved, learned Dr. Ranjan Batra of Ole Miss, who was inspired by the film ‘Lincoln.’ The state took action, and its support for … Continue reading

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‘Lincoln’ Historically Inaccurate? Congressman Joe Courtney Finds Big Error in Film

[amazon_enhanced asin=”B009AMANBA” /] Rep. Joe Courtney, of Connecticut, recently took in a viewing of Steven Spielberg’s film, which chronicles Honest Abe’s last months in office as he fights to abolish slavery, but was miffed when he saw two Connecticut congressmen … Continue reading

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Oklahoma’s largest Civil War battlefield may become National Park

by Sean McLachlan  The Honey Springs Battlefield Park in Oklahoma may become a new addition to the National Park Service, the Tulsa World reports. The U.S. Department of the Interior said in a report that there’s “potential action” for “support designation of Honey Springs … Continue reading

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The Upper Peninsula in the Civil War

U.P. men enlist with the ‘Michigan devils’ By JOHANNA BOYLE – Journal Ishpeming Bureau (jboyle@miningjournal.net) The Mining Journal MARQUETTE – The year was 1861. In April, after declaring that they would secede from the United States, forces representing the 11 … Continue reading

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Civil War exhibit at Library of Congress focuses on people

Civil War sesquicentennial commemorations shift into high gear As Civil War sesquicentennial commemorations shift into high gear, the Library of Congress has kicked off its remembrance with “The Last Full Measure: Civil War Photographs from the Liljenquist Family Collection,” a … Continue reading

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On this date: April 24, 1865 – Hancock issues proclamation

On this date, 146 years ago – Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock ordered the following handbills printed and distributed to free blacks in the communities of Virginia and Maryland along the Potomac River. John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln’s assassin, and … Continue reading

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Harriet Tubman’s Story Told; Part of County Library’s Civil War Series

The Local Commotion Walking History company tells stories from Harriet Tubman’s life at Monmouth County Library’s Eastern Branch. By Lisa Smoltino, Holmdel Patch, Monmouth County, N.J. The soulful sounds of a freedom song rang through the air when Harriet Tubman made … Continue reading

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