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In keeping with our observations of #PresidentsDay, we are examining one of the most famous speeches of all time, delivered by president Abraham Lincoln on November 19,1863 during the dedication of the cemetery for Union soldiers who fought and died at Gettysburg.
During the Gettysburg Address, Lincoln stated that the fight for freedom had been fundamentally altered on the land where he was...
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The Gettysburg Address

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It’s #PresidentsDay, and we’re sharing two videos about two Civil War-era presidents.
In this video, Bertram Hayes-Davis discusses the life of his great-great grandfather, Jefferson Finis Davis. Davis was a planter, politician and soldier born in Kentucky and raised in Mississippi. He was the tenth and youngest child of Revolutionary War soldier Samuel Davis and his wife Jane Cook Davis...
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Jefferson Davis

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02/19/2017 at 20:11. Facebook
The Battle of Olustee (the biggest Florida battle of the entire Civil War) happened February 20, 1864. The commander of the Department of the South, Maj. Gen. Quincy A. Gillmore, launched an expedition into Florida to secure Union enclaves, sever Rebel supply routes, and recruit black soldiers. Brig. Gen. Truman Seymour moved deep into the state, occupying, destroying, and liberating. Meeting...
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02/19/2017 at 14:08. Facebook
On February 18, 1861, Jefferson Davis was Inaugurated as provisional President of the C.S.A. How well do you know the details of his life and career? Take our quiz to test your knowledge: [ Civilwar.org Link ]
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02/18/2017 at 20:47. Facebook
Confederate general Lewis Addison Armistead was born February 18, 1817 in New Bern, North Carolina.
Armistead is most famously remembered for the third day at Gettysburg. During the battle, he led his brigade during Pickett’s Charge, fixing his hat on the point of sword and reputedly urging his men to “remember what you are fighting for – your homes, your friends, your sweethearts!” He and a...
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02/18/2017 at 13:42. Facebook
On this day in 1815, the War of 1812 ended with the Treaty of Ghent. The Treaty stated that all relations and borders were supposed to return to pre-war status.
On the surface, many people take this treaty literally and think the war was inconsequential. However, it spawned significant attitudinal changes in the United States following the conflict. The War of 1812 ushered in what most...
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Effects of the War of 1812

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02/17/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
President’s Day is around the corner. Join the festivities and celebrate Washington’s birthday at George Washington's Mount Vernon on February 22nd! You can enjoy a concert by the Air Force Strings, create a birthday card for our first president, or stop by the Pop-Up Library. The event is Free and open to the public.
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George Washington's 285th Birthday

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02/17/2017 at 14:02. Facebook
When the Civil War began in April of 1861, it was not legal for men of African descent to join the federal army, even though they were serving in the federal navy. It was not until July 17, 1862, when congress passed the Militia Act that allowed African Americans to join. From that moment on, black soldiers made their mark on Civil War battlefields east and west.
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Black Soldiers

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02/16/2017 at 21:14. Facebook
“LISTEN, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year…”
In this new Campaign 1776 In4, Elissa Forsythe gives details on the beginnings of the patriot movement in America as well as the truth about Paul Revere's famous ride through the Massachusetts...
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Paul Revere's Ride

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02/16/2017 at 14:42. Facebook
Called by some “The second war of independence,” the War of 1812 helped legitimize the United States as a truly independent nation. It is also one of the least-studied wars in American history.
Do you know which ship earned the nickname "Old Ironsides?" Or which major American victory was won after the peace treaty had been signed? Test your knowledge on the military history of the War of...
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02/15/2017 at 22:24. Facebook
One of the most prominent civil rights figures in history, Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery and spent his life advocating for social justice, holding a place within the ranks of such prominent figures as William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony. Douglass saw the fruits of his labor with the 13th Amendment, but was more than aware of the long struggle...
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War Department - Frederick Douglass

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02/15/2017 at 14:44. Facebook
In the attack upon Ft. Henry, Officer Andrew Foote’s flotilla of ironclads and timberclads did great damage to the Confederate fort. In the subsequent attack and fierce fight at Fort Donelson, Foote’s force was turned back and he was himself wounded, though the fort ultimately surrendered to Grant. The attack on Donelson had a visible effect on Foote, who was markedly more cautious in support...
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The Fall of Fort Henry

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02/14/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
Letter writing was the only way young soldiers could reach their loved ones back home throughout the war. At Camp Clark before battle, Major Sullivan Ballou penned a letter to his wife Sarah (née Shumway) at home in Rhode Island:

"...I cannot describe to you my feelings on this calm summer night, when two thousand men are sleeping around me, many of them enjoying the last, perhaps, before...
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02/14/2017 at 14:22. Facebook
This Valentine’s Day, take a look back in history to find your Civil War soulmate. Is it a passionate colonel? A cavalry general with pedigree? Or a bold and brash major general? There’s only one way to find out. [ Buzzfeed.com Link ] #ValentinesDay

Who Is Your Civil War Soulmate?

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Calling K12 educators, museum professionals, and public historians: Mark Your Calendar!
We are excited to announce that registration is now open for our 17th Annual National Teacher Institute, July 13 - 16, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee.
This unique professional development opportunity allows educators to engage with, and learn from, Civil War experts, museum professionals, and other like-minded...
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National Teacher Institute

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One of the most important battles of the American Revolutionary War to be fought in Georgia occurred in Wilkes County, some 12 miles from present-day Washington, Georgia.
Here on February 14, 1779, a force of 400 patriots, in a surprise attack, defeated a force of Loyalists twice their number. The importance of the battle showed the determination of the Southern Patriots and was a reminder to...
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Abraham Lincoln was born on this day in 1809. Do you know that he risked his life while fulfilling his duties as commander-in-chief of the American military?
At the Battle of Fort Stevens in 1864 Lincoln actually came under Confederate fire, making him the second and last sitting president to be in such a position, the first being James Madison at the Battle of Bladensburg in 1814. At 6’4”...
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Last week, the Virginia Outdoors Foundation announced a $250K grant to help the Civil War Trust preserve Hansbrough Ridge, an unprotected part of the Brandy Station Battlefield and encampment for elements of the Union Army of the Potomac during the winter of 1863-64. Learn more about the Brandy Station battlefield at the Brandy Station & Cedar Mountain State Park Alliance page, or visit: [...
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Conservationists aim to save Hansbrough's Ridge in Culpeper County

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On This Day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born near Hodgenville, Kentucky. His family moved frequently before eventually settling down in Coles County, Illinois. Along the way, Lincoln became known for his physical strength as well as his formidable self-education. Abraham grew up to be the sixteenth President of the United States, and one of the great figures in American History. How well do...
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After capturing Fort Henry on February 6, 1862, Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant advanced cross-country to invest Fort Donelson. On February 16, after the failure of their all-out attack aimed at breaking through Grant’s investment lines, the fort’s 12,000-man garrison surrendered unconditionally. This was a major victory for Grant and a catastrophe for the South. It ensured that Kentucky would...
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Nothing but God Almighty Can Save that Fort

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