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Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

In November 1863, President Abraham Lincoln accepted an invitation to speak at the dedication ceremony for the new cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where the Union Army dead from the battle there in July were...

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The Confederate Assault on Fort Sanders November 29th, 1863

  After losing the  Battle of Chickamauga on September 19th and 20th, 1863,  the Union Army of the Cumberland retreated to Chattanooga, Tennessee. General Braxton Bragg’s Confederates occupied the high ground on Lookout Mountain...

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The Widow Blakely Cannon at Vicksburg

Confederate artillerymen at Vicksburg, Mississippi used a variety of guns to defend against U.S. Navy gunboats during the campaign and siege of that city, including smoothbore and rifled cannon, plus heavy mortars.  The rifled...