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U.S. Civil War History

1863 - Chief Justice Roger B. Taney issued ex parte Merryman to challenge the authority of Abraham Lincoln and the military to suspend the writ of habeas corpus in Maryland.

1863 - Nathaniel Banks' Union forces opened fire on Port Hudson with cannons and riverboats. The fort did not surrender until July 8th when Confederate General Franklin Gardner was convinced that further resistance was futile.

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U.S. Civil War Quotes

"Sunday a soldier of Company A died and was buried. Everything went on as if nothing had happened, for death is so common that little sentiment is wasted. It is not like a death at home."
- Elisha Hunt Rhodes, 2nd Rhode Island Volunteer Infantry