What is considered the first strategic move made by the North in the Civil War? I vote for Illinois Governor Yates sending militia to Cairo, Illinois, April 21–22, 1861.
Ed Hamilton, Danville Illinois
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Dear Mr. Hamilton,
“Strategic move” sounds rather open to interpretation, but I’d say a good candidate would be April 19, 1861. On that day President Abraham Lincoln ordered a U.S. Navy blockade of all ports from South Carolina to Texas. On the same date—two days after Virginia seceded—Union forces occupied Harpers Ferry and seized its armory.
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