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

1861:
The Federal Grip on Missouri Tightens
4 June - General Sterling Price, representing the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard, issued a proclamation in response to a rumor that the new Federal commander in the state sought to disarm Missourians...


The Battle of Philippi
3 June - Federals won a minor victory that cleared Confederates out of the Kanawha Valley of western Virginia and secured the railroad line between Washington and the West...


Lyon Replaces Harney in Missouri
31 May - Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon replaced Brigadier General William S. Harney as commander of the Federal Department of the West. Lyon quickly began working to destroy secessionism in Missouri...


Benjamin Butler on the Virginia Coast
30 May - Secretary of War Simon Cameron endorsed Major General Benjamin F. Butler’s refusal to return fugitive slaves to their master. This set an important precedent in the war as both Federals and Confederates maneuvered for control of the Virginia seaboard east of Richmond...


Thomas Lightfoot, 6th Alabama
29 May - Letter from 2nd Lieutenant Thomas Lightfoot, Co. A, 6th Alabama Volunteer Infantry...


Ex Parte Merryman
25 May - Pennsylvania militia seized John Merryman at his Maryland home for suspected secessionist activity. This provoked a controversial legal dispute between the president and the U.S. chief justice...


The Fall of Alexandria and Ellsworth's Death
24 May - Federal forces invaded northern Virginia and captured Alexandria, and a promising young officer became one of the war’s first casualties...


The Confederate Capital Relocation
20 May - The Provisional Confederate Congress approved a measure relocating the national capital from Montgomery, Alabama to Richmond, Virginia...


The Fall of Camp Jackson
10 May - Federal troops led by Captain Nathaniel Lyon sparked a riot in St. Louis by preëmptively seizing the allegedly secessionist Camp Jackson on the city’s western outskirts...


William B. Darst, 21st Virginia
3 May - Letter from William B. Darst, 21st Virginia Volunteer Infantry...


Seeking Foreign Support
3 May - Confederate envoys met with the British foreign secretary as both the U.S. and the Confederacy moved to shore up foreign support for their respective causes...




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