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American Civil War

The camp wildcat battle was fought near London, Kentucky, in October 1861. On October 21st, 1861, the stillness of this forest was broken by the sound of musket fire. These hills witnessed the first battle between Union and Confederate armies in Kentucky. The Civil War erupted at Fort Sumter South Carolina on April 12, 1861. Despite promises from...

The Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi, also called the Siege of Vicksburg, was the culmination of a long land and naval campaign by Union forces to capture a key strategic position during the American Civil War. President Abraham Lincoln recognized the significance of the town situated on a 200-foot bluff above the Mississippi River. He said, "Vicksburg...

After his astounding victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, in May 1863, Robert E. Lee led his Army of Northern Virginia in its second invasion of the North—the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg With his army in high spirits, Lee intended to collect supplies in the abundant Pennsylvania farmland and take the fighting away...

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