Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863

Background It was in 1621 that the first “Thanksgiving” was celebrated by Massachusetts settlers. The pilgrims and the Wampanoag people celebrated this day in November of 1621 to celebrate the first successful colonial corn harvest. In response to this and to show appreciation, Governor of the colony William Bradford called for a feast to last... Continue Reading →

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – 159 Years Later

Background It was on November 19, 1863, that President Abraham Lincoln delivered his now famous Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. These remarks were given just four months after the conclusion of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863). Gettysburg The Battle of Gettysburg was the result of Lee’s second invasion... Continue Reading →

The Anaconda Plan Civil War

The Anaconda Plan - Winfield Scott The Anaconda Plan was the strategic plan proposed by General Winfield Scott early in the American Civil War. General Winfield Scott's Anaconda Plan was designed to defeat the Confederate States of America (CSA) through economic measures rather than a land war. The purpose of Scott's plan was to devise an... Continue Reading →

What did the Confederate Constitution Say

Background - The Confederate Constitution The primary author of the Constitution of the Confederate States of America (CSA) was Robert Barnwell Rhett, an elected representative to the Provisional Confederate States Congress from South Carolina. He chaired a committee of twelve appointed by the Provisional Confederate States Congress in Montgomery Alabama beginning on February 5, 1861.... Continue Reading →

Civil War – Who Fought

Intro - American Civil War The American Civil War was fought from 1861-1865 (19th century) between the Northern and Southern states of the U.S. Over these five years of the Civil War, an estimated 750,000 men died. This is the bloodiest war in American history and one we are still feeling the effects of to... Continue Reading →

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