This Day in History: Union and Confederate forces face off at Antietam

On this day in 1862, Confederate General Robert E. Lee decides to make a stand! His decision would lead to the bloody Battle of Antietam. Federal forces were then reeling from their defeat at the Second Battle of Bull Run. (See August 30 history post.) That battle had left Union General John Pope’s army retreating […]

This Day in History: Confederate forces win the Second Battle of Bull Run

On this day in 1862, Confederate forces win the Second Battle of Bull Run. The two-day battle would prove to be one of the bloodier battles of the Civil War. Union General John Pope was then chasing Confederate General Stonewall Jackson across northern Virginia. Pope thought he knew where Jackson was going, and he thought […]

This Day in History: Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford’s Theatre

On this day in 1865, Abraham Lincoln is shot by an assassin. Did you know that Lincoln was shot on Good Friday? April 14 was Good Friday that year, just as it is this year. Unfortunately, as we all know, Lincoln would pass away the next day. The President had decided to spend his Good […]

This Day in History: The First Shot of the Civil War

On this day in 1861, the first shot of the Civil War is fired. You may remember from yesterday’s history post that Confederate and Union forces had been at a stalemate in South Carolina. The federal government needed to resupply Fort Sumter, but it could not do so without treading into Confederate territory. The Confederacy […]

This Day in History: A Demand to Surrender Fort Sumter

On this day in 1861, Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard sends a demand to Union Major Robert Anderson: Surrender Fort Sumter! Tension had been building between northern and southern states for many months. In December 1860, South Carolina had seceded from the Union, starting a chain reaction of state secessions. These states formed a new government: […]