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: […]

This Day in History: Lincoln’s cabinet contemplates the situation at Ft. Sumter

On this day in 1861, a newly inaugurated President Abraham Lincoln holds his first full cabinet meeting. What should be done about Fort Sumter? The issue had been simmering for a while. Lincoln was elected amid tension between the northern and southern states, as you know. Indeed, his election prompted South Carolina to secede from […]

This Day in History: A Confederate submarine torpedoes and sinks USS Housatonic

On this day in 1864, a Confederate submarine torpedoes and sinks the USS Housatonic. The H.L. Hunley changed naval warfare forever. It was the first submarine to successfully sink a warship! Americans had been trying to develop submarines for use in warfare for decades. As early as 1776, an attempt was made to use a […]