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Harney, William Selby
Co-author of the Price-Harney Agreement, Brigadier-General William S. Harney was a forty-five-year veteran of the United States Army, who participated in the Seminole Wars, the Black Hawk War, the Mexican-American War, the Mormon Expedition, and the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Blair, Francis Preston, Jr.
U.S. Senator and Congressman from Missouri, Frank P. Blair was one of President Abraham Lincoln's more successful political generals, rising to command the 15th and 17th Army Corps during most of the major campaigns in the Western Theater of the Civil War. Continue Reading »
Doubleday, Abner
Abner Doubleday was a career military officer and prominent Union general in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Price-Harney Agreement
Concluded on May 21, 1861, the Price-Harney Agreement was an unsuccessful attempt to maintain peace in Missouri at the onset of the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Mexican-American War
Lasting from April 25, 1846-February 2, 1848, the Mexican-American War polarized sectional differences over the extension of slavery in the United States, and it served as a training ground for numerous general officers who fought on both sides during the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Kansas-Nebraska Act
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 was introduced by Illinois Senator Stephen A. Douglas to expedite the formation of new territories in the Louisiana Purchase west of Missouri. Continue Reading »
Compromise of 1850
The Compromise of 1850 was proposed by Kentucky Senator Henry Clay to resolve sectional issues in the United States regarding slavery after the Mexican-American War. Continue Reading »
Missouri Compromise
In addition to paving the way for the admission of Missouri and Maine to the Union, the Missouri Compromise established the tenet that Congress could regulate slavery in the territories even though the Constitution did not address the issue. Continue Reading »
Official Documents of the Civil War Indexed Alpha-numerically
Below is an annotated list of Civil War executive, general, and special orders related to entries in Ohio Civil War Central. The list is indexed alpha-numerically. Click on any link to view a transcript of the selected document. Continue Reading »
Official Documents of the Civil War Indexed by Date
Below is an annotated list of Civil War executive, general, and special orders related to entries in Ohio Civil War Central. The list is indexed by date. Click on any link to view a transcript of the selected document. Continue Reading »
Price-Harney Agreement (Transcript)
Concluded on May 21, 1861, the Price-Harney Agreement was an unsuccessful attempt to maintain peace in Missouri at the onset of the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Price, Sterling
Sterling Price was an antebellum governor of Missouri, United States Congressman, and prominent Confederate commander in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
General Orders, No. 178 (U.S. War Department)
On April 23, 1864, the U.S. War Department issued General Orders, No. 178 appointing Major General Frank P. Blair to command the 17th Army Corps with the Army of the Tennessee. Continue Reading »
General Orders, No. 40 (U.S. War Department)
On July 3, 1861, the U.S. War Department issued General Orders N0. 40, appointing Major General John C. Fremont to command the newly-created Western Department. Continue Reading »
Special Orders, No. 135 (U.S. War Department)
On May 16, 1861, the U.S. War Department issued Special Orders, No, 135 relieving Brigadier General William S. Harney as commander of the Department of the West. Continue Reading »
Reynolds, John Fulton
One of the Union's leading general officers, Major General John F. Reynolds was killed during the first day of fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863. 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 »
Munfordville, Battle of
Also known as the Battle of Green River, and the Battle of the Green River Bridge, the Battle of Munfordville was fought from September 14-17, 1862 at Munfordville, Kentucky, as part of the Confederate Heartland Campaign. Continue Reading »
Virginia Resolutions
Drafted by James Madison and adopted by the Virginia General Assembly on December 24, 1798, the Virginia Resolutions asserted that, collectively, the states have the right to interpose when the federal government exceeds its constitutional authority. Continue Reading »
Alien and Sedition Acts
Enacted in 1798 by the 5th United States Congress, the Alien and Sedition Acts served the dual purpose of attempting to muffle anti-war sentiment and to cripple the Democratic-Republican Party. Continue Reading »

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