Civil War – Timeline Of US Civil War – 1863

January 1 – President Lincoln’s final Emancipation Proclamation is issued, freeing all slaves in Confederate territories, and abolishing the practice of slavery; He makes a point of emphasizing the enlisting of African-American soldiers in the Union army. January 25 – General Joseph Hooker is appointed by President Lincoln as the new commander of the Army of the Potomac. January 29 – General Ulysses S. Grant is given command of the Army of the West, and ordered to… Read More »

Civil War – Historic or Contemporary

When we think of Civil War, what immediately comes to mind are the two main confrontations most people remember – depending on which part of the world you come from. I refer, of course, to the American Civil War and the Civil War in England. Naturally, if you are from a one of these countries, your interest and knowledge would be much more in tune with the one you are… Read More »

The American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln

Millions of people contributed and sacrificed tremendously to the outcome of the American Civil War. Hundreds of thousands of Americans sacrificed everything. Yet one man stands out in history and is credited above all others in influencing the outcome of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln, a former Illinois lawyer, won the Republican Party nomination and became the President of the United States in 1860. The southern states, of… Read More »

This Week in the Civil War: Nov 12-18, 1862

Wednesday, November 12.  Skirmishing occurred in Tennessee along Stone’s River and Virginia near Suffolk. Thursday, November 13.  In Mississippi, Federal troops captured the vital railroad depot at Holly Springs. Skirmishing occurred in Tennessee near Nashville and Virginia at Sulphur Springs. In Tennessee, General Braxton Bragg began moving his Confederate Army of Tennessee north from Chattanooga to join Confederates under General John Breckinridge at Murfreesboro. President Abraham Lincoln assigned Attorney General… Read More »

Civil War Guns, Pistols and Rifles

The Civil War may not have been one of the best moments in United States history. In fact, that single war caused the most American casualties of any war that has been fought since, even both World Wars. That’s because the people dying on both sides were Americans. Despite the heavy losses, some great things emerged from the war, including new technologies and advancements such as anesthetic. Civil War Guns… Read More »

Civil War Antiques Impact On Collectors

Civil War antiques seem to have a lasting impact with their collectors, which is believed to be associated with how the war affected so many Americans and how it also provided a new meaning of freedom for some of those Americans. The Civil War had brothers fighting brothers and cousins fighting cousins, and some even lost their lives at the hand of other family members. The Civil War unfortunately began… Read More »

Bleeding Kansas: Relevance of the Term to Civil War

Bleeding Kansas is the term used to described the period of violence during the settling of the Kansas territory. In 1854 the Kansas-Nebraksa Act overturned the Missouri Compromise’s use of latitude as the boundary between slave and free territory and instead, using the principle of popular sovereignty, decreed that the residents would determine whether the area became a free state or a slave state. Proslavery and free-state settlers flooded into… Read More »

This Week in the Civil War: Dec 10-16, 1862

Wednesday, December 10.  In Virginia, General Ambrose Burnside’s Federal Army of the Potomac increased activity at Falmouth, indicating that an attack on Fredericksburg was imminent. In North Carolina, Confederates captured a Federal garrison at Plymouth. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill approving the secession of the western part of the state from Virginia. The Senate had already passed a measure creating the state of West Virginia on July… Read More »

This Week in the Civil War: Dec 17-23, 1862

Wednesday, December 17.  General Ulysses S. Grant issued a controversial order expelling all Jews from his military department in Tennessee and Mississippi. Grant sought to end the widespread illegal speculation along the Mississippi River, but his order equated peddlers and speculators with Jews. This caused resentment among the Jewish people and carried social and political consequences for years. Secretary of State William H. Seward and his son Frederick submitted their… Read More »