This Day in History: Confederates demand the surrender of Fort Sumter

On this day in 1861, Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard sends a demand to Union Major Robert Anderson: Surrender Fort Sumter! But how had matters come to such a point? At that point in time, the Civil War still had not really started. States had been seceding, of course. South Carolina was the first to make […]

This Day in History: Union forces capture the City of Richmond

On this day in 1865, Union forces capture the City of Richmond. It was the beginning of the end for Robert E. Lee and the Confederate armies. The Union had long set its sights on Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy. Despite several attempts, Richmond had never been captured. But when Ulysses S. Grant […]

This Day in History: The Battle of Bentonville, the Confederacy’s “last hurrah”

On this day in 1865, the Battle of Bentonville begins. The three-day battle has been called the Southern Confederacy’s “last hurrah.” However, the conflict ultimately ended with Confederate General Joseph Johnston’s army in retreat. Union General William T. Sherman was then bringing the second of two devastating campaigns to an end. In late 1864, he’d […]

This Day in History: Abraham Lincoln escapes an assassination attempt

On this day in 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln attends church services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. He’d just escaped a possible assassination attempt! The months between Lincoln’s election and his inauguration were dicey. Seven states seceded from the Union following Lincoln’s election as President, and Lincoln began to receive many death threats. […]

This Day in History: A Confederate submarine 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 […]