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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: July 29-August 4, 1863

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 July 29, 1863 Major military moves of midsummer tapered off, although heavy skirmishing continued. Fighting … 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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