Category Archives: Historical Events

Bennett Place -a photo essay

I visited the historic Bennett Place, in Durham, North Carolina, this past July. Run by the state of North Carolina, it is a historic site that you need to visit if you are in the area. I was fortunate to … Continue reading

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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: A new meaning for the war

Today is the 147th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg on the evening of November 18 and prepared for what would become one of the most important speeches in United States history. On the morning of … Continue reading

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The Siege of Vicksburg Commences

One hundred forty-seven years ago, while US Major General Joe Hooker was reeling from his thrashing at Chancellorsville, Major General Ulysses S. Grant, commanding the Army of the Tennessee, was marching through Mississippi.  On this day in the Civil War, … Continue reading

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Joseph E. Johnston Surrenders to William T. Sherman

On April 26, 1865 CSA General Joseph E. Johnston officially surrendered his Confederate Army of Tennessee to US Major General William T. Sherman at Durham Station, North Carolina.  This official surrender followed an armistice that was signed by Johnston on April … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee Resigns From the U.S. Army

Colonel Robert E. Lee had served in the U.S. Army his entire adult life. Graduating from West Point in 1829, Lee would serve in the Army Engineer Corps. He would be in charge of many coastal projects and an ambitious … Continue reading

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A Country Mourns for Abraham Lincoln

Besides being our Federal tax day, April 15 is the day Abraham Lincoln died from an assassin’s bullet.  I had one of my blog followers post a comment on Facebook yesterday wondering what might have happened if Abraham Lincoln had … Continue reading

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John Wilkes Booth Shoots Abraham Lincoln

One hundred forty-five years ago today, on Good Friday, John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln, mortally wounding the president.  Abraham Lincoln had met early in the day with Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant asking him to join himself, and … Continue reading

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Appomattox Court House – The Surrender That Saved the Country

On April 9, 1865 at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, CSA General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant 145 years ago today, after nearly four years of pitched fighting, the CSA Army … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

The American tradition of Thanksgiving was given to us by Abraham Lincoln.  By the Fall of 1863 the Civil War had been waging for over two years.  While the summer of 1863 had brought victories to the Federal arms at … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Today is the 146th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln delivering a “few appropriate remarks” at the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  When Lincoln received an invitation, from David Wills, to attend the dedication, he believed it was an … Continue reading

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