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January 21, 1862

On this day in the Civil War, Union troops commanded by General John McClernand occupy the vicinity of Columbus, Kentucky.

John McClernand

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January 20, 1863

On this day in the Civil War, the Federal Army of the Potomac gets bogged down in difficult weather conditions in its attempt to gain control of Fredericksburg, Virginia. 7 more words

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January 19, 1862

On this day in the Civil War, Rebel forces are defeated at the Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky. The victorious Union troops are commanded by General George Thomas. 7 more words

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January 18, 1864

On this day in the Civil War, the Confederate conscription law extends to all white males between the ages of 18 and 45.

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January 17, 1862

On this day in the Civil War, troops under Union General Charles Smith attack an area around Fort Henry on the Tennessee River.

Fort Henry

Circa 1862

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January 16, 1862

On this day in the Civil War, Confederate troops commanded by General Felix Zollicoffer are positioned north of the Cumberland River.

Felix Zollicoffer

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January 15, 1862

On this day in the Civil War, Edwin Stanton becomes President Lincoln’s Secretary of War.

Edwin Stanton

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