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Two Campaigns conclude and Two Congresses Meet

In Virginia, the Army of the Potomac withdrew northward following the ending of the Mine Run Campaign, while Confederate General James Longstreet ended his siege of Knoxville.  Meanwhile the rival congresses met in Washington, D.C. and Richmond.

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U.S. Senate Passes First national Conscription Law

As the war moves into its third year the passion for military service in the north is much diminished and new measures must be adopted to fill the ranks.

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Confederate Conscription, New Orleans Threatened

The Confederate Congress passes America’s first conscription law. Meanwhile, a Union fleet works its way up the Mississippi toward New Orleans.

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Compromise Efforts in Congress

In later 1860 and early 1861, both the U.S. House of Representative and the U.S. Senate formed committees to attempt a compromise between the north and south. Unlike in the past, however, these efforts failed and the nation moved closer … Full Post

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