Category Archives: Indiana

November 2, 1863: Skirmish at Fayetteville, TN

With the cracker line open, Grant was sending out patrols to scavenge for other provisions in east Tennessee. Union and Confederate sympathizers were mixed in the region, and a patrol might well run into rebel forces scattered in the area. … Continue reading

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October 30, 1862: Stanton sends troops to McClernand

As we saw recently, Henry Halleck had ordered the Governor of Illinois to send troops to Grant for an attack on Vicksburg. It seems there was a bit of a command snafu at headquarters, because here we see the Secretary … Continue reading

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August 7, 1862: Knights of the Golden Circle in Indiana

George W. L. Bickley, founder of the KGC. The Knights of the Golden Circle was an organization founded before the war began for the purpose of sponsoring “filibusters” such as William Walker, who would seize power in Central and South … Continue reading

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January 16, 1862: Black Confederates?

The myth of “thousands of black confederates” is very much alive today in some quarters, despite pretty thorough debunking. One item that I’ve seen quoted as “proof” that large numbers of black men fought as soldiers for the confederacy is … Continue reading

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November 28, 1861: Thanksgiving

There was no nationally standardized date for Thanksgiving in 1861, but twenty states declared it on Nov. 28. The Times reproduced the Thanksgiving proclamations of the Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City. From the New … Continue reading

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February 11, 1861: Lincoln’s gaffe in Indianapolis?

Abraham Lincoln The president-elect began his journey from Springfield, IL to Washington on February 11. One of his first stops was Indianapolis, where he made an uncharacteristically candid speech, reported here in the Richmond Daily Dispatch. Speech as reported in … Continue reading

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October 9, 1860: State elections bode well for Lincoln

Election Scene from Harper’s Weekly Early returns from the October 9, 1860 elections in the New York Times: THE ELECTION IN OHIO.; Enormous Gains of the Republican State Ticket. CLEVELAND, Tuesday, Oct. 9 — P.M. In the Thirteenth District, BRINKERHOFF, … Continue reading

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