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January 8 – This day in the Civil War

1821 Confederate Lieutenant General James Longstreet was born, in South Carolina.  Longstreet would become close friends, with the future leader of the U.S. armies, Ulysses S. Grant.  Longstreet always desired an independent command, but struggled when he had one.  He … Continue reading

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The 55th Illinois Infantry Regiment

The 55th Illinois Infantry regiment was organized at Camp Douglas, Chicago.  Mustering into service on October 31, 1861, it would move to Benton Barracks, MO, where it would remain through January 12, 1862.  Moving, to Paducah, KY, on January 12, … Continue reading

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