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....