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

1862:

New Orleans: Preparing the Advance
22 April - Flag Officer David G. Farragut met with his fleet officers to lay out his plan for bypassing Forts Jackson and St. Philip and steaming up the Mississippi River in a daring attempt to capture New Orleans...


The Partisan Ranger Act
21 April - The Confederate Congress approved a measure authorizing the organization of guerrilla forces to help combat the Federal invasion...


From Aden Cavins, 59th Indiana
21 April - Letter from Captain Cavins to his wife...


The Siege of Yorktown: The Buildup Continues
20 April - Confederate morale sagged on the Virginia Peninsula, as the number of Federal troops continued increasing on multiple fronts...


New Orleans: Bombarding Forts Jackson and St. Philip
18 April - On Good Friday, Federals took the first step toward capturing New Orleans when Commander David D. Porter’s mortar boats began firing on Forts Jackson and St. Philip...


New Orleans: Targeting Forts Jackson and St. Philip
17 April - Commodore David G. Farragut, flag officer of the Federal West Gulf Blockading Squadron, proceeded with his plan to capture New Orleans, the Confederacy’s largest and richest city...


The Confederate Conscription Act
16 April - President Jefferson Davis signed a bill into law requiring all able-bodied white men between the ages of 18 and 35 to serve at least three years in the Confederate military. This was the first national draft in American history...


The District Emancipation Act
16 April - President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill into law abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia...


The Siege of Yorktown: Confederate Response
14 April - The Confederate high command met at Richmond to consider abandoning the Virginia Peninsula to the numerically superior Federal Army of the Potomac...


Confederates Retreat in New Mexico
13 April - Colonel Edward R.S. Canby sought to unite all Federal forces in New Mexico, while Brigadier General Henry H. Sibley’s Confederate Army of New Mexico began a long withdrawal due to lack of supplies...


The Great Locomotive Chase
12 April - A daring effort to sabotage Confederate supply lines made sensational headlines in newspapers but had little impact on the war...




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