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Welcome! 

THIS MONTH IN CIVIL WAR HISTORY
August 1864

'Mobile's Mines and Multiple Sieges'

 

Admiral BuckananAdmiral Farragut

 

Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut (right) will enter the ranks of naval legend as he sends his Union fleet against the Confederates defending Mobile Bay, including the ironclad CSS Tennessee, under the command of his venerable counterpart, Admiral Franklin Buchanan (left).  Farragut’s inspirational presence in the rigging of his flagship vessel USS Hartford stands its greatest test when the Union ironclad Tecumseh sinks after striking a torpedo or mine, but the Union attack presses forward at his colorful urging.  Initially, the Tennessee withdraws, but Buchanan’s decision to return to the fray, exposes the vessel to heavy fire that ultimately disables her and forces him to surrender her.  The Federals have effectively closed Mobile as a Confederate port.
At the same time, Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant and Major General William T. Sherman continue their operations along the Petersburg/Richmond and Atlanta lines, respectively, while Philip Sheridan battles with Jubal Early in the Shenandoah Valley. On the political front, President Abraham Lincoln remains uncertain of his chances for re-election as Democrats gather in Chicago to nominate a candidate of their own—George Brinton McClellan—to replace him.

 


Upcoming Events

October 11 , 2014
Fall Symposium
Location: KSU Center

October 24-26, 2014
'Siege to Surrender' Tour
Location: Petersburg, Five Forks, Appomattox, & more!

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