Archive for the ‘On this Day in the Civil War’ Category

On this day in the Civil War, General Edward Canby and Richard Taylor meet near Mobile, Alabama, and agree to arrange for the surrender of all Confederate troops in Alabama and Mississippi. These Confederates are the only remaining large troops which have still not surrendered.

Generals Canby and Taylor

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On this day in the Civil War, Jefferson Davis and some members of his cabinet arrive in South Carolina.

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Jefferson Davis

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On this day in the Civil War, Lincoln’s funeral train arrives in Cleveland, Ohio, where over 50,000 citizens view the President’s body.

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Lincoln’s Funeral Train

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On this day in the Civil War, a steam-powered riverboat, the Sultana, catches fire and burns after one of its boilers explodes. On board are 2,031 passengers, mostly recently released Federal prisoners of war. At least 1,238 die in the accident.

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The Sultana

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On this day in the Civil War, Federal soldiers surround the barn where Booth and Herold are hiding and call for them to surrender. Herold agrees to exit the barn but Booth refuses. The soldiers proceed to set fire to the barn and a shot is fired. Booth is mortally wounded. He is pulled from the barn and dies soon after.

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John Wilkes Booth

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On this day in the Civil War, Federal soldiers trace Booth and Herold to a farm south of the Rappahannock River in Virginia.

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On this day in the Civil War, Federal troops, under the direction of Secretary of War Stanton, continue their search for Booth and anyone else connected with the assassination of Lincoln.

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Secretary of War 

Edwin Stanton

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