Battle of Ball's Bluff

Battle of Ball's Bluff

A scouting mission turned into a rout at Ball’s Bluff on October 21, 1861, when a fierce Confederate attack and a shortage of boats on the Potomac left Union soldiers terribly exposed. Read more »

October 21, 1861
Date of Event: 
Monday, October 21, 1861

Cherokee Loyalties

Southern
October 9, 1861
Date of Event: 
Wednesday, October 9, 1861
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African Americans In Combat

One of the strongest voices for abolitionism came from former slave Frederick Douglass, whom Lincoln invited twice to the White House to discuss slavery. In this essay, Douglass continued to push Lincoln and other Northerners whom he believed were moving far too slowly in recognizing the rights and abilities of African Americans.
September 1861
Date of Event: 
Monday, September 9, 1861
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Frémont Affair

Northern
August 30, 1861
Date of Event: 
Friday, August 30, 1861
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Fall of Fort Hatteras

Northern
Source
Boston Journal

In late August, an amphibious expedition under Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler attacked the Hatteras Inlet batteries of Forts Clark and Hatteras, the first step in the North’s strategy to shut down blockade running, control the South’s coast, and deny the Confederacy access to foreign trade. Read more »

August 28-29, 1861
Date of Event: 
Wednesday, August 28, 1861

Battle of Wilson's Creek