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On this day in the Civil War, Union troops under General David Hunter defeat Confederate forces at the Battle of Piedmont, Virginia.

The Confederates suffer 1,600 casualties including 1,000 prisoners.

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General David Hunter

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On this day in the Civil War, North Carolina votes for secession. This becomes the eleventh and final state to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy.

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On this day in the Civil War, Congressman Clement Vallandigham, a copperhead involved in anti-war activities, is banished to the South under orders from President Lincoln.

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Clement Vallandigham

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On this day in the Civil War, General Philip Sheridan is appointed to command the district west of the Mississippi River.

Due to Sheridan’s reputation for destruction the South is extremely upset.

 

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General Philip Sheridan

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On this day in the Civil War, the Union army under General Grant defeats General Pemberton’s Confederates at the Battle of Champion’s Hill.

The casualties of this battle are considered to be the most severe of the entire Vicksburg campaign.

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On this day in the Civil War, Federal troops under the leadership of General Benjamin Butler continue to occupy the city of Baltimore. On the prior day, General Butler moved his troops into Baltimore without official authorization.

Later in the war, General Butler was nicknamed “Spoons Butler” by Southerners due to his supposed improprieties pertaining to Southern property.

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General Benjamin Butler

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On this day in the Civil War, the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia (Merrimack) is destroyed by the Confederate navy.

Two months earlier, the CSS Virginia and USS Monitor clashed in the first sea battle of ironclad ships, revolutionizing naval warfare.

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