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This Week in the American Civil War: January 14-20, 1863

Easy AdSense by Unreal 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 January 14, 1863 At Bayou Teche, Louisiana, three Federal gunboats and … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War history: April 6-7, 1862 – Battle of Shiloh

Fought in the early spring of 1862 on the west bank of the Tennessee River just north of the Mississippi state line, the battle of Shiloh was, up to that time, the biggest battle of American history. For two days … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War history: Battle of Fort Donelson (Feb. 13-16, 1862)

Located on the west bank of the Cumberland river two miles north of Dover, Tennessee, Fort Donelson was on a steep bluff overlooking a straight stretch of several miles of river. The fort itself was only about 15 acres, but … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War – March 26- April 1, 1862

Information courtesy of the  Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Major Highlights for the week Wednesday March 26, 1862 The Confederate campaign in New Mexico was nearing its climax. A Confederate column marched out on the Santa Fe Trail and … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War – March 19-25, 1862 (150 years ago)

Courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Major Highlights for the week Wednesday March 19, 1862 It was a light day today. The only action was a skirmish at Elk Mountain, in western Virginia, and Strasburg, Va. The … Continue reading

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

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 last extremity. In Washington, … 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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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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