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The US Reconstruction Timeline - Vicksburg, July 4, 1865

One hundred and fifty one years ago today, the city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, surrendered to General Grant. One has to really hunt to find out what happened to the city immediately after that. 1,518 more words

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Arise, Arise!

It lives!

Sorry for the long delay in posts-it’s been a busy couple of months, and my interest in wargaming and military history has been at a low ebb. 536 more words


The US Reconstruction Anniversary Timeline - May 18 to June 7, 1865

It’s time for some catching up (yay! some spare time!). Before looking at timeline events, let’s check out this week’s Reconstruction city focus: Memphis, Tennessee. This is also a very good time to reintroduce Nathan Bedford Forrest, whose plantation in northern Mississippi was not very far from Memphis. 2,417 more words

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The American Civil-War Reconstruction 150th Anniversary: Jules Verne and the Gun Club

During a recent holiday I found myself in a library, with a little free time and with a taste for escapism. A new translation in anthology form of some of Jules Verne’s “amazing voyage” novels attracted me. 3,827 more words

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The 150th US Reconstruction Anniversary Timeline - A Note on Emancipation

These Reconstruction posts require more research than the Civil War posts did, but I will get the next post to you – which focuses on Memphis, Tennessee – as soon as possible. 4,671 more words

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The American Civil War 150th Anniversary: May 5-9, 1865

As mentioned, I decided to end the Civil War portion of this timeline on May 9th, when CS General Nathan Bedford Forrest bids farewell to his troops. 1,038 more words

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The American Civil War 150th Anniversary - April 27 to May 4, 1865

Here is a look at what was happening in the closing days of the Civil War, 150 years ago. And as promised last week, we’ll also do a quick look at reconstruction in some of the major Southern cities. 2,361 more words

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