Category: War

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Cordelia Harvey Worked Tirelessly to Improve Medical Care for Soldiers

Wisconsin had a new governor in January 1862.  Louis P. Harvey, a Republican and former Wisconsin Secretary of State, took office on January 6th.  Four days later, Harvey addressed the state legislature, asking that...

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The Battle of Sabine Pass September 1863

After the fall of Confederate strongholds at Vicksburg. Mississippi and Port Hudson, Louisiana in July 1863, the Union commander of the Department of the Gulf, Major General Nathaniel Banks, proposed that his forces attack...

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The 7th Maine Infantry at the Battle of Antietam

By September 1862, the 7th Maine Infantry had been in the Army of the Potomac for a year. The regiment had seen action earlier in the year in the Peninsular Campaign in Virginia and...

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John S. Mosby Captures General Edwin Stoughton

John S. Mosby was a Virginia lawyer when the Civil War broke out in 1861.  He was a member of a Virginia militia company at the time, and went off to war.  His militia...

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Lt. William B. Cushing and the Destruction of the C.S.S. Albemarle

In an earlier post, I discussed Lt. Alonzo Cushing of the 4th U.S. Artillery, who died at Gettysburg during Pickett’s Charge July 3rd, 1863, and after years of lobbying by supporters, has  been awarded...

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Alonzo Cushing, Medal of Honor Winner

For a June 2012 update on the status Cushing’s Medal of Honor click here. The anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1st-3rd, is an appropriate time  to remember the heroics of the...

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The Sinking and Raising of the U.S.S. Cairo

From the very beginning of the Civil War, both sides understood the importance of control of the Mississippi River.   To that end, the United States government built gunboats specifically designed for military operations in...

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April 12, 1861: Fort Sumter is Fired Upon and the War Begins

On December 20th, 1860 representatives at the South Carolina Secession Convention voted 169-0 in favor of seceding from the United States.  It was the first state to do so.  Tensions were running high in...