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1807 - Confederate General Robert Edward Lee was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Lee was commander of the Army of Northern Virginia for most of the Civil War.

1861 - Georgia became the fifth state to secede from the Union.

1862 - In southern Kentucky, Union General George Thomas defeated George Crittenden's confederate army at the Battle of Logan's Crossroads. The battle is also called Mill Springs or Beech Grove.

1865 - Confederate General John Pegram and Hetty Cary were married. The ceremony was attended by nearly all of the high-ranking Confederates, including Jefferson Davis and his wife. On February 6, Pegram's body was returned to the same church after he was killed at the Battle of Dabney's Mill, Virginia.

U.S. Civil War Quotes

"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth...could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years... If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide."
- Abraham Lincoln

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