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Confederate Congress adjourns; Lee, others made full general

In Washington, the Asst. Sec. of Navy Gustavus V. Fox and Gen. Benjamin Butler awaken President Lincoln late at night to inform him of the capture of Forts Hatteras and Clark, in North Carolina./1861In Richmond, Virginia, the Third Se...

Settlers declare Confederate Territory of Arizona

CS flag raised in Tucson, 3/28/1861In Richmond, Virginia, President Jefferson Davis calls a Cabinet meeting to decide what should be done about the atrocities committed by northern generals against Southern prisoners and civilians. Cabine...

Armies mass at Manassas Junction

Image via WikipediaStone Bridge over Bull RunThird session of Confederate Congress convenes in Richmond, Virginia, having moved from Montgomery, Alabama. /1861 Around Manassas Junction, Virginia, troops begin to mass. US Gen. Irvi...

Manassas: Johnston arrives to reinforce Beauregard

Johnston's army arrives at ManassasUS Gen. Irvin McDowell reconnoiters Manassas, Virginia, and continues to probe Beauregard’s position ahead of an attack. Meanwhile, J.E. Johnston’s forces sneak away by train from Patterson in the...

Johnston to reinforce Beauregard at Manassas

Image via WikipediaBeauregard's HQ at ManassasEncamped at Manassas with 22,000 men, General P.G.T. Beauregard, nervous about being outnumbered, requests aid in stopping the Federal invasion of Virginia. In a bold move, President Jeffer...

Union takes Martinsburg, (West) Virginia

Image via WikipediaGen. Robert PattersonUS General Robert Patterson’s army marches to Martinsburg, (West) Virginia, forcing Confederate troops under Gen. Joseph E. Johnston to pull back./1861Related articlesMartinsburg burned; Skirmi...

Jackson completes Martinsburg destruction

At Martinsburg, western Virginia, Colonel Thomas J. Jackson, against his personal feelings but obeying Joseph Johnston’s orders, completes the destruction of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Shops, roundhouses, 42 locomotives a...

Jackson destroys Martinsburg Shops

"Jackson Commandeers the Railroad," June 20, 1861. Mort KunstlerAfter evacuating Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, Colonel Thomas J. Jackson falls back, arriving this afternoon at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Shops at Martinsburg, Virginia, where “f...

Jackson destroys Martinburg Shops

"Jackson Commandeers the Railroad," June 20, 1861. Mort KunstlerAfter evacuating Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, Colonel Thomas J. Jackson falls back, arriving this afternoon at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Shops at Martinsburg, Virginia, where “f...

Martinsburg burned; Skirmish at Cole Camp, Missouri

Martinsburg, (West) Virginia June 19-20, 1861While Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Col. Thomas J. Jackson are on the road retreating from Harper’s Ferry toward Winchester, Virginia, Johnston is concerned that Union troops might be advanc...

Johnston evacuates Harper's Ferry

Image via WikipediaJ.E. JohnstonConfederate troops retreating from Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, under command of Joseph E. Johnston, take with them the entire munitions manufacturing plant and move it to North Carolina where it will pro...

Day of Prayer in Confederacy; Skirmish at Romney, Va.

Image via WikipediaPres. DavisToday is set aside by President Jefferson Davis as a special day of fasting and prayer in the Confederacy for the “Lord of Hosts to guide and direct our policy in the paths of right, duty, justice, and m...


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