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U.S. Civil War History

1856 - Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner began a two-day speech on the Senate floor over the controversial Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. On May 22, Southern Congressman Preston Brooks savagely beat Sumner for comments made about South Carolina Senator Andrew D. Butler, Brook's cousin.

1864 - The Battle of Spotsylvania ended with 18,000 Union casualities and 12,000 for the Confederates.

1864 - Author Nathaniel Hawthorne died in New Hampshire.

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U.S. Civil War Quotes

"Fondly do we hope--fervently do we pray--that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away."
- U.S. President Lincoln at his second inauguration ceremony on March 4, 1865.