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December 2, 1863

On this day in the Civil War, General William Hardee temporarily takes command of the Confederate Army of Tennessee after General Braxton Bragg’s resignation.

General William Hardee

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December 1, 1862

On this day in the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gives his State of the Union message to congress.

Lincoln says, “We cannot escape history…in giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free.”

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November 30, 1864

On this day in the Civil War, General John B. Hood’s Confederate army attacks the Union army commanded by General John Schofield at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. 30 more words

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Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America

Jefferson Davis was elected as the only President of the Confederate States of America on February 9, 1861.
Davis was born June 3, 1808 in Kentucky, and grew up on a successful Mississippi cotton plantation.  24 more words

November 29, 1863

On this day in the Civil War, Confederate forces under General James Longstreet attack Federal positions at Fort Sanders near Knoxville, Tennessee. The attack fails and Federal troops occupy Knoxville to the end of the war. 8 more words

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November 28, 1862

On  this day in the Civil War, Union troops commanded by General James Blunt attack Confederate positions at Cane Hill, Arkansas.

Union losses total 40 men, while the Southern total is 435. 8 more words

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November 27, 1864

On this day in the Civil War, Federal General Benjamin Butler’s floating headquarters, the steamer Greyhound, blows up on the James River. This act is apparently Southern sabotage against the Union. 8 more words

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