Monthly Archives: February 2012

This Week in the American Civil War – February 26- March 4, 1862 (150 years ago)

Easy AdSense by Unreal From the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Major Highlights for the week Wednesday February 26, 1862 Kentucky senator William E. Simms declared in the Confederate Congress that the Confederacy would defend her rights to the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force unveils logo

Co-chairs Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Rep. Dean Urdahl, and Civil War Commemoration Task Force members Brian Rice, D. Stephen Elliott and Jeffrey Williams presented the winning design from the task force’s logo contest and introduced the artist who … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War – February 19-25, 1862

Courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Major Highlights for the week Wednesday February 19, 1862 Federal forces of Brigadier General Charles F. Smith from Grant’s command occupied Clarksville, Tenn. While Grant was looking toward Nashville there was … Continue reading

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Ulysses Simpson Grant – 18th U.S. President and General-in-Chief of the U.S. Army (1822-1885)

Born Hiram Ulysses Grant, he unprotestingly accepted the clerical error changing his name to Ulysses Simpson Grant when he entered West Point in 1839. His new name, U.S. Grant, lent itself to his Old Army nickname, Uncle Sam Grant, or … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War – Feb. 12-18, 1862

Information courtesy of Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Wednesday February 12, 1862      By evening the lines had been firmly drawn at Fort Donelson, Tenn., on the Cumberland River. Brigadier General Ulysses Grant’s army was ranged in a … Continue reading

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Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman, C.S.A. (Jan. 18,1816- May 16,1863)

Born near Claiborne, Maryland, on 18 January 1816, Lloyd Tilghman graduated from West Point in 1836. He decided not to become a professional soldier and resigned from the service. His only active military duty came during the Mexican War (1846-1848), … Continue reading

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Bombardment of Fort Henry (Feb. 2-6, 1862)

Fort Henry was a Confederate garrison on the Tennessee River, the capture of which was the first significant Union victory of the Civil War. Because of its food production, mineral resources, labor supply, and railroads, Tennessee was the key to … Continue reading

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