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    May – June 1863

    May 1-4 – The Army of Northern Virginia wins a decisive battle at Chancellorsville, Va. 1-2 – Union forces under Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant drive Rebels from Port Gibson in Mississippi, opening a path to Vicksburg. 2 –...

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    January – February 1863

    Emancipation causes a stir both North and South, and a section of Virginia prepares to secede—from Virginia January 1 – The Emancipation Proclamation takes effect—as does the Homestead Act, signed into law the previous May. The...

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    November – December 2012

    Cabinet issues plague both presidents, but Abraham Lincoln is even more dismayed with his generals. Who can be trusted? November 1 – Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant begins preparations for the first Vicksburg Campaign. 4 – In...

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    September – October 1862

    General Lee heads north, producing a bloodbath in Maryland. And Abraham Lincoln presses emancipation September 2 – In the aftermath of the Union’s second loss at Bull Run, George McClellan is restored to full command of the Army of...

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    July – August 1862

    Rebels go marauding, emancipation occupies Abraham Lincoln and starving Sioux get restless   July 1 – Battle of Malvern Hill ends the Seven Days’ battles with a Union victory. The Revenue Act of 1862 establishes the Bureau of...

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    March and April, 1862

    Stunning events on land and sea: Naval warfare is reinvented and a placid church gets a bloodbath March March 3 – President Lincoln appoints Andrew Johnson, the only Southern U.S. senator to remain loyal after his state seceded,...

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    In Time of War – 150 years ago

    January 1 – The Lincoln administration releases Confederate emissaries James Mason and John Slidell from Fort Warren in Boston Harbor, ending the Trent Affair. The diplomats continued their voyage to Europe, on an unsuccessful...