Death of Robert E. Lee

Confederate General Robert E. Lee Dies After Suffering a Stroke On this day in 1870, General Robert Edward Lee, the commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, dies peacefully at his home in Lexington, Virginia. He was 63 years old. The following...

The Death of Mary Todd Lincoln

The Death of Mary Todd Lincoln Mary Lincoln passed away on July 16, 1882, at the home of her sister Elizabeth in Springfield, IL. At her funeral, Reverend Reed eloquently spoke of two trees that had grown so close together that their roots had become intertwined. When...

The Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators 

The Execution of the Lincoln Conspirators  On July 7, 1865, four conspirators of the Lincoln assassination, Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt, were hanged just after 1:30 p.m. on a very hot day in the prison yard of the Old Arsenal...

June 30 1863 – Prelude to Gettysburg

After some minor skirmishes, Major General John Buford is convinced that the Confederates are near the small town of Cashtown and that they will be marching on Gettysburg the next day. Buford sends a message to Gen. John Reynolds to come up quickly while he holds with...

Prelude to Gettysburg – The Battle of Hanover

The Battle of Hanover, Pennsylvania was a small skirmish among Union and Confederate cavalry that had a significant impact on the Gettysburg Campaign by delaying Confederate General JEB Stuart. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick’s division of Union cavalry dashes north to...

Battle of Sterretts Gap

In June 1863, the Confederates Army was advancing up the Cumberland Valley in Pennsylvania and was lead by a cavalry brigade under General Albert G. Jenkins. Jenkins and his men arrived in Carlisle on June 27, then continued east toward the town of Mechanicsburg....
President Lincoln’s Call for Volunteers

President Lincoln’s Call for Volunteers

A Call to Arms! – President Lincoln’s Call for 75,000 Volunteers On April 15, 1861, President Lincoln issued the following proclamation: BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: A PROCLAMATION WHEREAS the laws of the United States have been, for some time...

Lincoln Assassination Witness Samuel Seymour

Samuel J. Seymour was present at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865, the night that President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Samuel J. Seymour was born on March 28th, 1860, in Maryland, United States. He was five years old when his father took him on a...