Category Archives: January

January ’65

1865 Winter’s onset stalled most major military operations and pushed diplomatic thrusts toward center stage. But from both sides those initiatives were fitful and abortive. Neither chief executive–Abraham Lincoln nor Jefferson Davis–would budge from his fundamental position. Or could. Davis … Continue reading

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January ’64

1864 In 1861, many ebullient Southerners likely took for granted that their secession and the war it produced would enhance the South’s economy and harm the North’s. If so, they erred dramatically. By January 1864, the beginning of the war’s fourth calendar … Continue reading

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January ’63

1863 Abraham Lincoln had shaken too many hands. For more than two hours, New Year’s Day guests pumped his arm at a public White House reception. But the President did not look joyous. A British volunteer surgeon for a Washington … Continue reading

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January ’62

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1862 The two warring American nations each had reason to rejoice—somewhat—as the new year opened. On January 1 in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Confederate commissioners John Slidell and James Mason, released from U.S.custody, boarded a British ship bound for Europe. That meant … Continue reading

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