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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 »
Burnside, Ambrose E.
Ambrose Everett Burnside was an American politician, industrialist, inventor, and one of five generals to command the Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War. He also served as commander of the Department of the Ohio, where he worked to eradicate opposition to the Union war effort by Peace Democrats and Copperheads. Continue Reading »
Bull Run II, Battle of
The Battle of Bull Run II, also known as the Second Battle of Manassas, was fought on the same ground as the Battle of Bull Run I, near the town of Manassas Junction, Virginia, from August 28-30, 1862. The result of the battle was a decisive Confederate victory that enabled General Robert E. Lee to launch the South's first invasion of the North. Continue Reading »
Army of the Potomac
The Army of the Potomac was the Union's primary fighting force in the Eastern Theater throughout most of the American Civil War. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
General Orders No. 184 (Army of the Potomac)
On November 14, 1862, Major General Ambrose E. Burnside issued General Order No. 182 (Army of the Potomac) dividing the Army of the Potomac into three "grand divisions." Continue Reading »
Winchester
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Army of the Cumberland
During the American Civil War, the Army of the Cumberland participated in nearly all of the major campaigns in the Western Theater. Continue Reading »
One Hundred Sixtieth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry
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Fifth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
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First Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
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Second Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
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Seventh Regiment Ohio Volunteer Cavalry
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