Civil War Stories Blog

Archive by category ''Civil War Stories Blog

  • CIVIL WAR STORIES BLOG

    Farragut Captures New Orleans

    By April 1862, a portion of General Winfield Scott’s Anaconda Plan was taking effect as the Union made a concerted effort to seize control of the Mississippi River. In early April, Brigadier General John Pope and Flag Officer Andrew Foote secured a Union victory at Island No. 10 north of...

  • CIVIL WAR STORIES BLOG

    Bloody Shiloh

    Before leaving Corinth, Miss., and advancing on Union forces at Shiloh, General Albert Sidney Johnston ordered local woodworkers to begin work on 500 coffins for soldiers who would be killed in battle. By the time the fighting at Shiloh was over, Johnston and a combined 3,502 Union and Confederate...

  • CIVIL WAR STORIES BLOG

    'My God, We Are Attacked'

    By the end of March 1862, Major General Ulysses S. Grant, Charles Ferguson Smith and Brigadier General William Tecumseh Sherman were certain that the Confederate army in the western theater were defeated. All that remained was a Federal advance to Corinth, Miss., and a final victory.

  • CIVIL WAR STORIES BLOG

    Hampton Roads Fight Begins New Era of Naval Warfare

    In a battle that served as a precursor to future naval encounters, the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia squared off in the first meeting of ironclad vessels. The battle which is referred to as the battle of Hampton Roads or the battle of the Monitor and Merrimac served to bring about the eventual end...

  • CIVIL WAR STORIES BLOG

    Van Dorn's Folly Loses Arkansas

    Attempting to reclaim lost ground, Major General Earl Van Dorn took a gamble that didn’t pay off and demonstrated a poor grasp of logistics in the Confederate defeat at the battle of Pea Ridge. Van Dorn’s folly gave control of most of Arkansas to the Federals.

  • CIVIL WAR STORIES BLOG

    Grant Resumes Command, Exits Halleck's Doghouse

    The first two months of 1862 began in fine fashion for the Union as Fort Henry and Fort Donelson fell, opening the way for a Federal advance into Tennessee. With the Confederate army seemingly in full flight, it was up to Major General Henry Halleck to set aside his personal dislike for Brigadier...

  • CIVIL WAR STORIES BLOG

    Fort Donelson Victory Brings Forth 'Unconditional Surrender' Grant

    Encouraged with the success of Fort Henry, Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant spared little time to advance on Fort Donelson. Once again, Grant proposed another joint effort with Flag Officer Andrew Foote’s river fleet to take the fort. From his success at Fort Donelson, Grant became an instant...

  • CIVIL WAR STORIES BLOG

    Union Navy, River Cause Surrender of Fort Henry

    Facing a rising Tennessee River as well as the Union navy and army approaching, Brigadier General Lloyd Tilghman chose to sacrifice a few men to evacuate the rest of his force from Fort Henry. On Feb. 6, 1862, Tilghman led 2,500 soldiers to nearby Fort Donelson and returned to Fort Henry to make...

  • CIVIL WAR STORIES BLOG

    Union Unveils New Weapon of War

    On Jan. 30, 1862, a new weapon of war was unveiled at Continental Ironworks in Brooklyn, N. Y. The weapon was the USS Monitor and it looked like no other vessel on the water. Designed by John Ericsson, the Monitor was the first warship constructed with a coating of iron. The vessel is an example...

  • CIVIL WAR STORIES BLOG

    Lincoln Welcomed Political Rivals Into His Camp

    At the start of 1862, Abraham Lincoln’s team of rivals was due for a change. Secretary of War Simon Cameron resigned and was replaced by Edwin Stanton. On Jan. 15, 1862, Stanton was confirmed by Congress as Secretary of War. Prior to his confirmation, Stanton served as a legal advisor to ...

View More