This Day in History: West Virginia’s controversial admission into the Union

On this day in 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed a bill admitting West Virginia into the Union. At the time, some questioned whether West Virginia—formerly a part of the State of Virginia—could legally be admitted into the Union without Virginia’s consent. Virginia, of course, had not consented. It was a part of the Confederate States of […]

This Day in History: Sherman’s March to the Sea

On this day in 1864, General William Tecumseh Sherman seizes Fort McAllister during his notorious “March to the Sea.” Within a matter of days, Union forces capture Savannah, Georgia, as well. It was the latest in a series of victories for the Union Army. Several weeks earlier, Sherman had captured Atlanta, Georgia. He next set […]

This Day in History: The Gettysburg Address

On this day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivers his famous Gettysburg address. Did you know that no one knows exactly where he gave the speech? And no one knows precisely what he said? Several different transcripts of the speech exist, each with slightly different phrasing. His speech wasn’t even supposed to be the main feature […]

This Day in History: John Brown launches a raid at Harpers Ferry

On this day in 1859, John Brown launches a raid at Harpers Ferry. He hoped to incite a slave rebellion, but the effort fell flat on its face. Brown was an abolitionist who had long been involved in attempts to end slavery. Nor did he mind a little violence, if it would help his objectives! […]

This Day in History: The Battle of Gettysburg begins

On this day in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg begins. Our nation should have been celebrating its 87th birthday that week! Instead, we were engaged in a brutal, 3-day battle that would end with as many as 51,000 dead or wounded. At the time, Confederate General Robert E. Lee was fresh off a victory at […]