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On its 150th anniversary, the “blind memorandum” reminds us that historical outcomes we may take for granted in hindsight (like Lincoln’s re-election in 1864) do not always appear so certain at the time.
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On August 21, 1864 in his headquarters at City Point, Virginia, Lieutenant-General Ulysses S. Grant performed the normal task of a commanding general in charge of an army at war – reading through messages and dispatches from the various subordinate commands. 198 more words
"With twenty more 10-inch and rifle guns... Charleston could resist any fleet....": Jones requests more guns
Bill asked in a comment about the possibility of a British intervention in the American Civil War. Most of the research on that topic by professional historians has shown that had almost no possibility of happening given the high levels of anti-slavery sentiment in the British public of the 1860s. 177 more words
Yes, that’s right… the Confederates burned one of their own towns on August 20, 1864. Major John Jenkins, 3rd South Carolina Cavalry reported the following day: 412 more words
Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.
On this day, August 20, 1866, … 277 more words
Yesterday I made note of transferred troops from the Federal Department of the South, calling it an indication of the tight connection between theaters of war during the summer of 1864. 667 more words