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Lynchburg, Battle of
Fought from June 17 through June 18, 1864, the Battle of Lynchburg was the third and final engagement of the Lynchburg Campaign. Continue Reading »
Lynchburg Campaign
The Lynchburg Campaign was the first of three campaigns that comprise the Shenandoah Valley Campaigns of 1864. Continue Reading »
Vicksburg Campaign
The Vicksburg Campaign was a series of operations and battles conducted by Union forces during the American Civil War. The goal of the campaign was to capture the strategic city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, located on the Mississippi River. Continue Reading »
Western Virginia Campaign
Also known as the Rich Mountain Campaign, or simply Operations in Western Virginia, the Western Virginia Campaign was a struggle between Union and Confederate forces in 1861 for control of the mountainous area of western Virginia. Continue Reading »
Knoxville Campaign
Also known as Longstreet's Knoxville Campaign, the Knoxville Campaign was a Confederate attempt in November and December 1863 to prevent Union forces commanded by Major General Ambrose Burnside from relieving other Federal troops who were also under siege at Chattanooga. Continue Reading »
Early's Valley Campaign
Also known as Early's Raid, Early's Valley Campaign was one of three campaigns that comprise the Shenandoah Valley Campaigns of 1864. Continue Reading »
Sheridan's Valley Campaign
Sheridan's Valley Campaign was the last of three campaigns that comprise the Shenandoah Valley Campaigns of 1864. Continue Reading »
Shenandoah Valley Campaigns of 1864
The Shenandoah Valley Campaigns of 1864 consisted of three smaller campaigns: the Lynchburg Campaign (May-June), Early's Raid (July-August) and Sheridan's Valley Campaign (August-October). Continue Reading »
East Tennessee Campaign
The East Tennessee Campaign was a Union offensive that resulted in the the capture of Knoxville and the Cumberland Gap in September 1863. Continue Reading »
Wilson's Raid
Between March 22 and April 20, 1865, Brevet Major General James H. Wilson led roughly 13,000 Union cavalrymen on a destructive raid through Alabama and Georgia. Continue Reading »
Pleasant Hill, Battle of
The Battle of Pleasant Hill, fought on April 9, 1864, convinced Union General Nathaniel Banks to abandon his goal of capturing Shreveport, Louisiana during the Red River Campaign. Continue Reading »
Middle Creek, Battle of
The Battle of Middle Creek of also known as the Battle of Big Sandy River, was fought in Floyd County, Kentucky on January 10, 1862. Continue Reading »
Middle Fork Bridge, Battle of
The Battle of Middle Fork Bridge was fought on July 6 and 7, 1861, in Upshur County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Continue Reading »
Army of the South
Formed in February 1865 and commanded by Major General Joseph E. Johnson, the Confederate Army of the South, consisted of the Army of Tennessee and all troops in Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and the Department of Southern Virginia. Continue Reading »
Army of Georgia
The Army of Georgia, consisting of the 14th and 20th Army Corps, served as the left wing of Major General William T. Sherman's army group throughout the Savannah Campaign and the Carolinas Campaign. Continue Reading »
Army of Tennessee
The Army of Tennessee was the Confederacy's primary fighting force in the Western Theater of the American Civil War between 1862 and 1865. Continue Reading »
Davis, Jefferson Finis
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, Mexican-American War veteran, U.S. Congressman, Senator, and Secretary of War, Jefferson Davis served as the first and only President of the Confederate States of America. Continue Reading »
Johnston, Joseph E.
Joseph Eggleston Johnston was a Confederate military leader during the American Civil War, who received both criticism and praise for his defensive tactics during the Peninsula and Atlanta Campaigns. Continue Reading »
Carolinas Campaign
Major General William T. Sherman's Carolinas Campaign of 1865 was the last major Union offensive in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Averasboro, Battle of
On March 16, 1865, at the Battle of Averasboro, nearly 5,400 Confederate soldiers, commanded by William J. Hardee, temporarily delayed the left wing of William T. Sherman's forces, as it proceeded through the Carolinas. Continue Reading »

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