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U.S. Civil War History



1864 - Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated a Union force three times the size of his army. The battle helped to end Union General William T. Sherman's movement in Alabama.

1864 - Union troops fought off an attack north of West Point. Union General William Sooy Smith retreated back to Memphis due to another Confederate force blocking his way to Meridian. This battle forced Union General Sherman to return to Vicksburg.

1861 - U.S. President-elect Abraham Lincoln left Harrisburg and covertly traveled to Washington. Allen Pinkerton had uncovered a plot to assassinate Lincoln when he passed through Baltimore. Lincoln arrived unceremoniously in Washington the next morning.


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U.S. Civil War Quotes

"I failed, I failed, and that is about all that can be said about it."
- Abraham Lincoln's self-criticism of his famous "Gettysburg Address"