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

1862:

The Peninsula Campaign Finally Begins
17 March - General George B. McClellan finally mobilized the Army of the Potomac to begin his grand offensive to destroy the Confederacy...


The Fall of New Bern
14 March - Federals occupying points on the North Carolina coast advanced to the mainland in hopes of capturing one of the state’s largest cities...


The Fall of New Madrid
13 March - Confederate defenders abandoned a position on the Mississippi River under artillery bombardment from General John Pope’s Army of the Mississippi...


From David Ash, 37th Illinois
11 March - Letter from David Ash, Company B, 37th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, three days after the Battle of Pea Ridge...


The President's Special War Order No. 3
11 March - President Lincoln issued an executive order removing George B. McClellan as general-in-chief of all Federal armies and creating new military departments that would report directly to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton...


McClellan Invades Northern Virginia
10 March - General-in-Chief George B. McClellan’s Federals finally entered northern Virginia, but the Confederate retreat from that area jeopardized McClellan’s overall strategy...


The Battle of the Ironclads
9 March - A naval duel at Hampton Roads off the Virginia coast marked the first time in history that two ironclad warships did battle...


The C.S.S. Virginia Attacks
8 March - The Confederate ironclad Virginia demolished the Federal naval fleet off Hampton Roads, rendering all wooden warships obsolete and threatening to permanently break the Federal blockade...


Lincoln Issues Two General War Orders
8 March - President Lincoln demonstrated his flagging confidence in General-in-Chief George B. McClellan by creating a corps command structure within the Army of the Potomac...


The Battle of Pea Ridge: Day Two
8 March - Brigadier General Samuel R. Curtis regrouped his Federal Army of the Southwest and prepared to counterattack Major General Earl Van Dorn’s Confederates at Pea Ridge and Elkhorn Tavern...






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