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April 1861: The Civil War Begins

April 1861 in the Civil War On April 5th 1861, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles ordered a Naval expedition to proceed to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor for the purpose of resupplying the...

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March 1861: Abraham Lincoln Inaugurated

150 Years Ago in the Civil War Late in the morning of March 4th, 1861, President elect Abraham Lincoln left Willard’s Hotel in Washington DC, boarded a carriage, and departed for the Capitol. He was...

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Thanksgiving Day 1863: First Official Thanksgiving

Sara Hale and Abraham Lincoln When most people think of the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S., they think of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians celebrating at Plymouth in 1621.  While the...

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Fort Scott National Historic Site

Fort Scott National Historic Site is located in the southeast Kansas city of the same name.  Fort Scott was an important western military base for the Union Army during the Civil War, but it...