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Freedom isn’t Free

Legend holds that on 21 Nov 1864, President Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to Lydia Bixby, a widow and mother of five men who had been killed in the Civil War. A copy of the letter was then published in the Boston Evening Transcript on 25 Nov and...

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The Medal of Honor

On 12 July 1862, President Lincoln authorized the awarding of a US Army Medal of Honor, in the name of Congress, “to such noncommissioned officers and privates as shall most distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other...

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The Battle of Gettysburg

On 3 Jul 1863, the 3rd day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pickett’s charge, Gen Robert Lee’s last attempt at breaking the Union line, ended in disaster, ending most decisive battle of our Civil War. On 1 July, Confederates marched into...

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Memorial Day

On 30 May 1868, by proclamation of General John Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic –the organization of Union veterans, the first major Memorial Day observance was held to honor those who died “in defense of their country during the...

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Cinco de Mayo

May 5th, Cinco de Mayo, is the date of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, the most...

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The Civil War and today

On 12 Apr 1861, the bloodiest 4 years in American history began when Confederate shore batteries under General Beauregard opened fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina’s Charleston Bay. During the next 34 hours, 50 Confederate guns...

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The American Civil War

On 9 April 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. This effectively ended the American Civil War. There were still Confederate units that hadn’t surrendered...

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A Republic

Today in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln and Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens held a shipboard peace conference off the coast of Virginia; the talks deadlocked over the issue of Southern autonomy. In a Republic the power resides with the...

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