This Week in the Civil War: June 18-24

Posted: June 19, 2017 in This Week in the Civil War, Uncategorized

June 24, 1861: Union gunboats attack Confederate batteries at Mathias Point, Virginia

June 19, 1862: In Washington D.C., President Lincoln begins to create the framework for the Emancipation Proclamation. This important and controversial document will make slavery illegal in the Confederate states.


June 20, 1862: Union forces begin to move toward Confederate strongholds in Vicksburg, Mississippi. The infantry’s attempt is reinforced by gunboats commanded by Admiral David Farragut.

June 18, 1863: Confederate forces under General Lee continue to move north. They are involved in a small skirmish with Union troops in Aldie, Virginia.

June 20, 1863: West Virginia becomes the 35th state of the Union by proclamation of President Lincoln.

June 18, 1864: The Petersburg Campaign continues as Union troops continue costly assaults against fortified Confederate positions. General Grant decides that his army will need to prepare for a siege.




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