It took more than 11 years, but on December 2, 1863—in the midst of the Civil War—the Statue of Freedom was finally secured to the top of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
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On November 19, 1863, 15,000 people stood in the brisk autumn air in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to partake in the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Four months earlier, the ground had been littered with bodies and remnants of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.
He was a champion general of the Civil War, a United States President and his face is printed on the $50 bill. Yet even with a recognizable name and face, much remains a mystery about Ulysses S. Grant.
Along the Chickamauga Creek in Georgia, Confederate General Braxton Braggs, Union General William Rosecrans and more than 120,000 men came to blows on September 19 and 20, 1863.
One-hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation, America’s race issues came front-and-center with the March on Washington—a peaceful protest advocating for the rights and privileges that had been promised by the Thirteenth Amendment.
Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. It marked a turning point in the war, in which the Union would begin to rally while the South began to falter.
It is a common belief that when the Confederacy separated from the Union, they did so with the support and loyalty of the general public. But, just as Lincoln was viewed by many in the North as a failing president, many in the South saw the act of secession as hot-headed and wrong.
On the night of May 2, Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and his men, returning from an attack, were fired on by their own Confederate brethren who thought Jackson’s group was Union soldiers.
In April of 1863, the drastic inflation on southern currency was officially out of hand. Pressure on farmers to provide the necessary crops to feed their families and the armed forces along with rising taxes and inflated food prices led Confederate women to initiate Bread Riots.
With the second anniversary of the war looming, the initial enthusiasm of enlistees was in decline. On March 3, 1863, the Union officially signed the Enrollment Act.
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