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THE CIVIL WAR AT 155 YEARS
(from CivilWarMonths.com):

1861:

The New State of Kanawha
20 August - Delegates to the second session of the Second Wheeling Convention approved a measure seceding from Virginia and bundling the state’s northwestern counties into the new state of Kanawha...


Federals Threaten Kentucky's Neutrality
19 August - President Abraham Lincoln received a letter from Kentucky Governor Beriah Magoffin urging the removal of Federal troops from the state to in an effort to maintain neutrality in the conflict...


Scrutiny of Northern Anti-War Sentiment is Heightened
17 August - In the North, both the government and the public stepped up scrutiny of anti-war sentiment this month, as wartime demands threatened constitutional guarantees...


Wilson's Creek: The Aftermath
11 August - Demoralized Federal troops began a long retreat in Missouri following yesterday’s defeat, and the victors did not pursue...


The Battle of Wilson's Creek
10 August - Federals not only suffered a second major defeat within a month, but they lost an army commander as well...


Wilson's Creek: The Prelude
9 August - Two opposing forces inadvertently advanced upon each other in southwestern Missouri, setting the stage for the second major battle of the war...


Cameron Defines Federal Fugitive Slave Policy
8 August - Secretary of War Simon Cameron responded to Major General Benjamin F. Butler’s request to clarify the administration’s policy on fugitive slaves escaping into Federal military lines, one day after Confederates burned a refuge for escapees...


The Confiscation Act
6 August - President Abraham Lincoln reluctantly signed a bill into the law authorizing Federal military commanders to seize property, including slaves, from people “aiding, abetting, or promoting” rebellion against the U.S...


The First Federal Income Tax
5 August - The 37th U.S. Congress approved the Revenue Act of 1861, which raised taxes on imported goods, imposed taxes on the states, and provided for the first tax on individual income in American history...








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