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February ’62

1862 One of the Civil War’s most pivotal months began as unpromisingly as ever for the Union in the East. President Lincoln continued trying to push his obstinate general-in-chief, George McClellan, into actually fighting. McClellan disagreed with Lincoln in public … 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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