By the spring of 1864, Fort Pillow, on the banks of the Mississippi River in western Tennessee, had changed hands several times in the War. Now, the Union controlled it, and the fort had become a stronghold for black freedmen and escaped slaves, Southern Unionist politicians and businessmen, and Confederate
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The Battle of Chickamauga lasted for three days, Sept.18-20, 1863. It was the worst Union defeat in the Western Theater, and only the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in more casualties. By September 1863, the Union Army of the Cumberland, under the command of General William Rosecrans, was ready to deliver
The Battle for Kennesaw Mountain, June 27th, 1864 was part of the Campaign for Atlanta. That city, just 20 miles away, produced much of the arsenal for the Rebel Army. Also the intersection of four important railroad lines, Atlanta was a vital military target. Union commander William Sherman Union Maj.
The main Union assault during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was against a a heavily fortified salient on the left flank of the Rebel line, filled with Gen. Frank Cheatham's rugged and hard fighting 1st/27th Tennessee Regiment. This bulge in the entrenched line, an inverted V pointing down the
SEPOYS 1857 The Indian Rebellion of 1857 was a revolt against the rule of the British East India Company, which functioned as a sovereign power on behalf of the British Crown. In 1857 the Company ruled over nearly all of India, and had their own Colonial Army of over 300,000
The British retreat from Kabul.1842 On 31 December 1600, The British East India Company (BEIC) started as an enterprise of London businessmen importing spices and goods from South Asia; cotton, silk, indigo dye, salt, spices, saltpetre, tea, and opium. By royal decree, the BEIC was given monopoly privileges
Mme. Delphine LaLaurie was one of the grandest and most opulent of the opulent Grand Dames of ante bellum New Orleans high society. In a housefire in her mansion in 1834, it was discovered that Mme. LaLaurie and her husband, physician Leonard Louis Nicolas LaLaurie, were maintaining a dungeon of
Brigadier General Robert Latimer McCook was one of the famed Fighting McCooks of Ohio, seventeen men from the same family who fought for the Union, including four who would become generals. On August 5, 1862, McCook was shot in a skirmish near Huntsville, Alabama. At the time, renegade
THE SULTANA When the Civil War concluded, many of the inmates at Andersonville Prison were taken to temporary parole camps outside Vicksburg, Miss. They were given medical treatment, food and clothing while awaiting transport home, by train or steamboat. The Sultana, a 260-foot-long wooden Mississippi River side-wheel steamboat which
The Battle of Richmond, Kentucky, fought August 29-30, 1862. It was a shocking, one-sided loss by Union Major General, William "Bull" Nelson's forces to the Confederates of Major General Edmund Kirby Smith. In the first major battle in Kentucky, Nelson had sent 6,800 men into battle, and 5.353 of them