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

1861:
Naval Operations Along the Coast and at Sea
6 July - C.S.S. Sumter completed her first major raid on Federal shipping, Federals strengthened their blockade and their strategy, and a Federal crew fought back against Confederate privateers off the Atlantic Coast...


The Battle of Carthage
5 July - Secessionists defeated a Federal detachment in a minor clash as both sides scrambled to link with larger forces in southwestern Missouri...


The Special Session of the 37th U.S. Congress
4 July - The 37th Congress of the United States assembled in special session as requested by President Abraham Lincoln’s militia proclamation of April 15...


The Bull Run Campaign Begins
29 June - President Abraham Lincoln held a special cabinet meeting in which Major General Irvin McDowell explained his plan to invade northern Virginia, crush the Confederate army, and capture Richmond...


Keeping Maryland in the Union
27 June - Major General Nathaniel P. Banks, commanding Federal occupation forces in Baltimore, ordered the arrest of Police Marshal George P. Kane for suspected secessionist activity as part of the ongoing effort to keep Maryland in the Union...


Testing New Federal Technology
24 June - Professor Thaddeus S.C. Lowe ascended in a balloon to demonstrate the usefulness of aerial military reconnaissance, and J.D. Mills demonstrated the “Union Repeating Gun,” forerunner to the modern machine gun...


Neutral Kentucky Leans Toward Union
20 June - Pro-Confederate Kentuckians boycotted an election that resulted in several pro-Union candidates winning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives...


The Western Virginia Secession
17 June - Delegates to a Unionist meeting at Wheeling in western Virginia unanimously approved declaring their independence from the Confederacy...


Colonel Charles P. Stone's Rockville Expedition
15 June - Federals led by Colonel Charles P. Stone seized Edwards’s and Conrad’s ferries on the Potomac River, which were the main approaches from Maryland to the strategic town of Leesburg, Virginia...





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