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Grant Takes Command in the West

Abraham Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in charge of the new Division of the Mississippi.  In Virginia, the Confederates run into trouble at the Battle of Bristoe Station.

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Vicksburg and the Richmond Bread Riot

Yet another Union expedition against Vicksburg took place with Union troops struggling southward from Milliken’s Bend towards New Carthage.  Federal forces evacuated Jacksonville, Florida after a brief occupation, and in the Confederate capital, hungry women and children rioted in an … Full Post

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The Emancipation Proclamation and the Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee

President Abraham Lincoln signed the permanent Emancipation Proclamation declaring free slaves in most of the south, while Union and Confederate troops met in a major battle southeast of Nashville, Tennessee.

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Political Intrigue in the North and a Confederate Raid in Mississippi

A political crisis leads to threatened resignations in the president’s cabinet, General Grant issues his infamous General Order No. 11, and the Confederates mount a successful raid on the Union supply depot at Holly Springs, Mississippi.

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