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In January, 1862, the American Civil War had not yet reached fever pitch. A few battles had been fought—Bull Run and Wilson’s Creek stand out—and the Confederates had won most of them handily.
The Confederates had also massed an intimidating force in southern Kentucky, prompting William Sherman to insist that he would need 600,000 men to keep them in check.
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Kentucky Chaos

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Do you know that only one Union regiment at Mill Springs (Jan 19, 1862) had any combat experience?
The 9th Ohio, largely made up of German-speaking soldiers from Cincinnati, had many veterans from the German 1848 revolutions in Europe. The 9th Ohio would play an important role in the Battle of Mill Springs. Led by Maj. Gustave Kammerling, the 9th unleashed a powerful and successful bayonet...
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01/19/2017 at 21:31. Facebook
Today marks the anniversary of the battle of Mill Springs, fought on January 19, 1862 near Nancy, Kentucky. Here at Mill Springs, Union forces under the command of George H. Thomas defeated Confederate forces under the command of George B. Crittenden and Felix Zollicoffer.
In 1862, the cold and wet weather played havoc with the firearms of many of Zollicoffer's troops. The poor visibility...
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01/19/2017 at 14:23. Facebook
Abraham Lincoln promised a vast national future during his second Inaugural Address on March 4, 1865. With the end of war in sight, Lincoln had turned his attention towards achieving a "just and lasting peace" between the North and South. He desired peace without retribution, a smooth transition back into Union. The promise of his closing remarks, however, was cut short just a month later by...
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Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

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01/18/2017 at 23:23. Facebook
2016 was a breakout year for Campaign 1776. We made significant acquisitions of land from the Southern Campaign in South Carolina, Brandywine Battlefield in Pennsylvania, and of course, our big purchase of Maxwell’s Field at Princeton Battlefield, where George Washington himself was on the land, commanding a counter-attack in person.
Thank you to everyone who helped take part in these...
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Campaign 1776: Strides Made in 2016

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01/18/2017 at 14:44. Facebook
The largest battle in Michigan took place during the War of 1812. The Battle of the River Raisin, also known as the Battle of Frenchtown, was a series of engagements that took place on Jan. 18 and 22, 1813 that pitted U.S. forces against the British and their Native American allies. A surprise attack on January 22, 1813 resulted in an American defeat and the bloodiest conflict of the war. The...
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"Remember the Raisin"

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01/17/2017 at 22:29. Facebook
Our “Photography Corps” is made up of photographers who donate the most exceptional work to the Trust for inclusion in the magazine, website and other media.
Many of these artists, including Lynn Light Heller are also long-term Trust members. After moving to the battlefield community in 2008, she became involved in a number of local history-centric organizations, including Gettysburg...
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Distinguished Photography Corps

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01/17/2017 at 15:04. Facebook
The Southern Campaign(s) of the American Revolutionary War is arguably the most misunderstood and under-taught segment of our nation’s founding history. Many people don’t know that America’s first civil war was one between those loyal to the Crown of England and those committed to the principles of freedom and democracy.
These key Revolutionary War battles were fought in swamps, fields,...
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Cowpens National Battlefield Park

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01/16/2017 at 21:02. Facebook
Thaddeus Sobieski Constantine Lowe passed away on this day in 1913.
Intellectually curious and driven from a young age, Lowe had almost no formal education but demonstrated an appetite for learning which hinted at his future career as an inventor.
Lowe’s principal contribution to the militarization of balloon technology, and its use in the field, was the portable hydrogen gas generator, which...
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01/16/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
Mathew Brady is often referred to as the father of photojournalism and is most well known for his documentation of the Civil War. He passed away on this day in 1896.
His photographs, and those he commissioned, had a tremendous impact on society at the time of the war, and continue to do so today.
In 1862 Brady shocked the nation when he displayed the first photographs of the carnage of the...
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01/15/2017 at 21:31. Facebook
Are you visiting Antietam National Battlefield, but don’t have expert level knowledge of the land? Our Antietam Visitor app is a great companion to traverse the battlefield. We produced this app with the help of park rangers and historians to create an guide that is concise and easy to use. You can follow the auto tour while you’re in the park, or explore the battle land from the comfort of...
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Battle App® Guides

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01/15/2017 at 14:08. Facebook
The Hessians were an important part of the Revolutionary War, but who were the Hessians, and why were these German soldiers fighting for the British?
In this Campaign 1776 In4, Cdr. J.J. Patterson explains the role of German mercenaries during the Revolutionary War, and dispels popular myths surrounding their service.
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Hessians

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01/14/2017 at 20:58. Facebook
On this day in 1862, George E. Pickett was appointed a brigadier general after briefly commanding the defense of the Lower Rappahannock River.
However, his most important role in the war would come during the Battle of Gettysburg, when Lee decided to use Pickett’s men to lead a grand assault against the Union positions on the high ground around Gettysburg. Do you know what events transpired...
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Pickett's Charge

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01/14/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
The state of New Jersey supplied 26 medal of honor recipients, underground railroad stations, 88,305 troops, the Monocacy regiment, George McClellan, and more. Even though NJ was part of the Union, it was in a constant state of contention during the entire conflict. This short video describes the people, places, and history associated with New Jersey during the Civil War: [ Civilwar.org Link ]...
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New Jersey in the Civil War

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William Henry French, a career military man, was born on this day in 1815 in Baltimore, Maryland.He graduated from West Point in 1837, in a class that included future generals John Sedgwick, Braxton Bragg, Joseph Hooker, Jubal Early and John Pemberton.
French was stationed at Fort Duncan, Texas when that state seceded from the Union. A staunch Unionist, French was anything but indecisive, and...
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Our president, Jim Lighthizer, sat down with America's Civil War Magazine to answer 5 questions about the restoration and unveiling of Lee’s Headquarters at Gettysburg. The interview appears in the March 2017 print edition of the magazine. You can read the online version here: [ Historynet.com Link ]

5 Questions: A Timely Save

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Gettysburg National Military Park is holding a Winter Lecture series with some of the best National Park Service Rangers and Historians from the region. This 11-week series of hour-long talks will examine some of the more controversial and complex aspects of the of the American Civil War. Visit our partner calendar for more details, or to locate an event, exhibit, or activity in your area
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Calendar of Civil War Events

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Virginia and West Virginia—which were one state until West Virginia was admitted into the Union in 1863—played pivotal roles in our Civil War. Union and Confederate forces lunged blindly at one another in an effort to control West Virginia in the early months of the war. Just east of the Alleghenies, the verdant fields of the Shenandoah Valley were also vital to the strategies of the Northern...
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Save Four Battlefields

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Alexander Hamilton was born on this day 260 years ago. Learn about his life and accomplishments:

“The pen for our army”

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Benjamin Butler passed away #OTD 124 years ago.
Prior to the war, Butler was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1853, and then to the Senate of the Commonwealth in 1859. While in office, he attended the Democratic convention where he voted for Jefferson Davis to run for the presidential nomination, as well as candidates such as John C. Breckinridge. He entered the...
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