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Popular political cartoon that illustrated the caning of Senator Charles Sumner by Representative Preston Brooks
Charles Sumner is caned by Preston Brooks
The American Civil War, or the War Between the States, began when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor and ended when the last major army east of the Mississippi surrendered in Kingston, Georgia in May, 1865. In between more than 678,000 soldiers died on the battlefields and in the hospitals.

Georgia's Blue and Gray Trail takes visitors to Chickamauga, site of the greatest Confederate victory, then follows a route from Chattanooga to Atlanta, similar to the one that General William Tecumseh Sherman took as he danced a "Red Clay Minuet" with Confederate Commander Joseph E. Johnston and, later, John Bell Hood.

The Blue and Gray Trail, however, does not only deal with Georgia. Beginning from before the signing of our Constitution, we trace the causes of the Civil War, the battles and campaigns, people and politics, and the bitter pill of Reconstruction in the Civil War by year and Today in the Civil War

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Today in the Civil War
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Confederate Convention in Montgomery adopts the "Stars and Bars" as the nation's flag 1861

Abraham Lincoln is inaugurated President of the United States. 7 states had already seceded. 1861

Over what is generally regarded as a communication problem, Halleck relieves Grant from command and ... 1862

Battle of Spring Hill ... 1863

Republican Michael Hahn is inaugrated governor of Louisiana. 1864

The Confederate States of America adopts the Stars and Bars as its official flag 1864

Lincoln outlines his second term talking directly to the Confederate people "...with malice toward ... 1865

"Parson" Brownlow is elected the first post-war governor of Tennessee 1865

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