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U.S. Civil War History



1862 - Union General Henry W. Benham was arrested for the Battle of Secessionville. The attack had not been approved.

1862 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln outlined his Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed slavery in U.S. territories.

1864 - The Confederate C.S.S. Alabama sank after a battle with the U.S.S. Kearsarge.


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U.S. Civil War Quotes

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present...fellow citizens, we cannot escape history...The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation. We say we are for the Union. The world will not forget that we say this. We know how to save the Union...In giving freedom to the slave, we ensure freedom to the free--honorable alike in what we give, and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last, best hope of earth."
- U.S. President Lincoln, the last paragraph of his State of the Union address on December 1, 1862.