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U.S. Civil War History

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.

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U.S. Civil War Quotes

"By some strange operation of magic I seem to have become the power of the land."
- George McClellan spoke this self-appraisal shortly after he assumed command of the Union forces around Washington in 1861