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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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This Week in the American Civil War: February 3-9, 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 February 3, 1864 SHERMAN’S MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI CAMPAIGN BEGINS With over 26,000 men, Federal Major General … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War: December 30, 1863 – January 5, 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 December 30, 1863 Skirmishing occurred near St. Augustine, Florida and Greenville, North Carolina. Otherwise it was … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War: December 31 – January 6, 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 December 31, 1862 BATTLE OF STONE’S RIVER, TENNESSEE BEGINS The Confederates at Murfreesboro, Tennessee waited … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War: December 24-30, 1862

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 December 24, 1862 Union army forces occupied Galveston, Texas, already partially in control of the … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War: October 15-21, 1862

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 October 15, 1862 Skirmishing occurred at numerous places on a wide variety of fronts: Fort … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War: July 16-22, 1862

Information Courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Major Highlights for the Week Wednesday July 16, 1862 France’s Napoleon III received Confederate commissioner John Slidell, who requested recognition of the Confederacy and aid from warships in breaking the … Continue reading

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This Week in the American Civil War: June 4-10, 1862

Courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force Major Highlights for the Week Wednesday June 4, 1862 Confederate troops regretfully completed their evacuation of Fort Pillow on the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, frightened Southern planters were burning immense amounts of … Continue reading

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On this date in Civil War history: The Great Locomotive Chase – April 12, 1862

Both Union and Confederate troops sabotaged railroads to impede enemy supply and troop transport. The Andrew’s Raid, popularly known as the “Great Locomotive Chase,” was one of the best-known attempts at railroad destruction during the Civil War. The Civil War … 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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