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General Orders No. 6 (Army of the Potomac)
On February 5, 1863, Major General Joseph Hooker, commander of the Army of the Potomac, issued General orders, No. 6, discontinuing Major General Ambrose E. Burnside's Grand Divisions, and naming eight corps commanders. Continue Reading »
Franklin, William B.
As commander of the 6th and 19th Army Corps, William B. Franklin served the Union in the Eastern and Western Theaters of the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Sumner, Edwin V.
A prominent Union general officer, Edwin V. Sumner was the first new general to be appointed in the United States Army after the beginning of the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Transcription of Letter from Ephraim S. Weaver to Samuel and Mary Weaver
On October 4, 1863, Private Ephraim S. Weaver, a member of Co. K, 68th Regiment, OVI, wrote to his parents, Samuel and Mary Weaver, from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Continue Reading »
General Orders No. 101 (Army of the Potomac)
On March 13, 1862 Major General George B. McClellan issued General Order No. 101, reorganizing the Army of the Potomac in to five corps, in compliance with president Abraham Lincoln's War order No. 2. Continue Reading »
Presidential Proclamation Respecting Soldiers Absent without Leave
On March 10, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation offering amnesty to soldiers absent without leave upon returning to their regiments by April 1, 1863. Continue Reading »
Winchester
SEE Rienzi»
Rienzi
During the American Civil War, Rienzi was Union General Philip Sheridan’s favorite horse. This steed’s exploits became immortalized in prose and also helped President Abraham Lincoln win reelection in 1864. Continue Reading »
Drewry's Bluff. Battle of
Fought on May 15, 1862, the Confederate victory at Battle of Drewry's Bluff spared Richmond from the threat of being reduced by U.S. Naval artillery. Continue Reading »
President's War Order No. 2
On March 8, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued General War Order No. 2 directing Major General George B. McClellan to reorganize the Army of the Potomac into five corps. Continue Reading »
Williamsburg, Battle of
Fought on May 5, 1862, the Battle of Williamsburg was the first major engagement of the Peninsula Campaign during the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Yorktown, Siege of
Lasting from April 5 to May 4, 1862, the Siege of Yorktown stalled Union Major General George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign for four weeks, enabling the Confederacy to shore up its defenses of Richmond, Virginia. Continue Reading »
One Hundred Sixtieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry
SEE 160th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry»
One Hundred Sixty-first Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry
SEE 161st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry»
Fifth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
SEE 5th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry»
First Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
SEE 1st Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry»
Second Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
SEE 2nd Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry»
Seventh Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
SEE 7th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry»
7th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
In the American Civil War, Ohio provided the federal government with 260 regiments of men, including infantry, artillery, and cavalry units. Ohioans also served in several other regiments from other states, most notably from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Massachusetts, as well as in federal units. Almost 330,000 Ohio men, including 5,092 African Americans, served in the Union military during the conflict. Continue Reading »
Monitor and the Merrimack, Battle of the
SEE Hampton Roads, Battle of»

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