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President Lincoln appointed General George Meade to command the Federal Army of the Potomac on June 28, 1863. When General Meade was given the news that he was appointed to take over the army, he attempted to refuse the promotion. When told that the appointment was an order, he responded, “Well, I’ve been tried and condemned without a hearing, and I suppose I shall have to go to the execution.”

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General Meade

Gettysburg Battlefield

On this day in the Civil War, Federal General George Stoneman leads an expedition aimed at destroying rebel salt and lead mines in southwest Virginia.

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General George Stoneman

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On this day in the Civil War, Southern plantation owners along the Atlantic coast burn their cotton crops to prevent confiscation by Union troops.

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Cotton bales

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)