Category Archives: Significant Battles

Battle of Stones River – 150th Anniversary

Today is the 150th anniversary of the sanguinary Battle of Stones River. This tragic battle occurred just north of the town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee when the Confederate Army of Tennessee, commanded by General Braxton Bragg, attacked the Federal Army of … Continue reading

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Battle of Kennesaw Mountain – 148th Anniversary

Today marks the 148th anniversary of the sanguinary Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Part of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign, the fight at Kennesaw Mountain was forced on US Major General William T. Sherman as he continually pushed the Confederate Army of … Continue reading

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Battle of Fort Donelson – 150th Anniversary

Today is a significant day in American history. 150 years ago today, US Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant received the surrender of CSA Brigadier General Simon B. Buckner’s Confederate garrison at Fort Donelson, Tennessee. This was one of several significant … Continue reading

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Fort Fisher State Historic Site – a photo essay

Early in the Civil War, Wilmington, North Carolina was recognized as an important port by the Confederate government. To protect the port, CSA Major Charles P. Bolles began construction of Fort Fisher in the spring of 1861. The original plans … Continue reading

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Battle of Chickamauga -148th anniversary

Today is the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga. This was the second most costly battle, in terms of casualties (34,000+ killed, wounded, missing and captured), during the American Civil War. Fought for two days in northwest Georgia, it … Continue reading

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Battle of Antietam -149th anniversary

Today is the 149th anniversary of the single bloodiest day in American history -September 17, 1862. On this day two armies met near the small town of Sharpsburg, Maryland. One was intent on protecting his escape route over the Potomac … Continue reading

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Battle of South Mountain -149th Anniversary

Today, September 14, is the 149th anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain. Part of the 1862 Maryland Campaign, it is more often than not overshadowed by the Battle of Antietam which followed three days later. With nearly 5,000 combined … Continue reading

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Battle of Chantilly -149th Anniversary

Today is the 149th anniversary of the Battle of Chantilly. It was the final engagement of the Second Bull Run Campaign – and a very costly battle for the Federal forces. While not considered a Union defeat, it is considered … Continue reading

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Battle of the Crater -147th Anniversary

Today, friends, is the 147th anniversary of the Battle of the Crater. Fought in the trenches of Petersburg, it is inevitably one of the greatest Federal blunders of the Civil War. While well conceived, the battle was lost due to … Continue reading

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Battle of First Bull Run -150th Anniversary

Today is the 150th anniversary of the first large scale battle of the American Civil War -First Bull Run – or as those friends of mine in the south would call it – First Manassas. Prior to this battle, many … Continue reading

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