Category: War

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The St. Albans Raid October 1864

By October 1864, the Confederate States of America faced an increasing prospect of defeat in the Civil War. Union Armies had captured Atlanta, Georgia in September and were engaged in siege operations at Petersburg,...

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Lt. Col. Edward Bacon Witnesses Civil War Surgery

Although great advancements and improvements in the medical treatment of wounded soldiers were made during the Civil War, surgery in the field hospitals remained a frightening experience. In June of 1863, the 6th Michigan...

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The Destruction of the Gunboat Indianola

By the winter of 1863, the Mississippi River was in Union hands except for the stretch between Vicksburg, Mississippi and Port Hudson, Louisiana. The Union Navy was busy trying to secure the Mississippi as...

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The Swamp Angel at Charleston, South Carolina 1863

In July 1863, Union forces Major General Quincy Gillmore’s Army of the South landed on Morris Island outside Charleston, South Carolina.  Gillmore’s objective was to take control of Charleston Harbor and eventually, Charleston itself. ...