This Week in the Civil War: July 2-8

Posted: July 3, 2017 in This Week in the Civil War

July 5, 1861 – Union troops commanded by Colonel Franz Sigel attack Confederate troops led by Governor Claiborne Jackson in Carthage, Missouri. Although Confederate casualties were greater than Union casualties, the battle is viewed as a Confederate victory.

July 4, 1862 – In Washington, D.C., citizens celebrate the 86th Independence Day with much excitement and fanfare.

July 3, 1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg stretches on for one final day, ending in defeat for the Confederate army. On Independence Day, Lee’s troops retreat from the battlefield.

July 4, 1863 – The Union army celebrates victories at both Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Vicksburg, Mississippi. These double losses devastate the Confederacy and mark the turning point of the war.

July 6, 1864 – Confederate General Jubal Early’s troops capture Hagerstown, Maryland and demanded $20,000 from the citizens in repayment for the devastation caused by General David Hunter’s raid on the Shenandoah Valley.

July 8, 1864 – Union General William T. Sherman rapidly gathers supplies and troops in preparation for his raid on Atlanta, Georgia.

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