1861

Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy, gives a speech in Savannah declaring slavery to be the natural condition of blacks and the “cornerstone of the Confederacy.” He also calls the secessions “one of the greatest revolutions in the annals of the world … signally marked, up to this time, by the fact of its having been accomplished without the loss of a single drop of blood.” The speech raises both Northern and Southern hackles and causes a brief falling out with Jefferson Davis. The C.S.A Postmaster makes a selection of postage stamps.

1862

21st-23rd

U.S. Forces begin reconnaissance against Cumberland Gap; skirmish there.

1863

Skirmishes at Salem and Triune.

1864

Skirmish at Reynoldsburg.

1865

General Schofield’s troops occupy Goldsboro, North Carolina; Sherman’s left is near Bentonville, and his right is moving into Mount Olive.

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