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America's Civil War
Presented by Georgia's Historic High Country Travel Association

Diminutive general P. G. T. Beauregard as he looked near the end of the war.
General P. G. T. Beauregard
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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Robert E. Lee resigns his commission in the United States Army 1861

Federal troops scuttle ships at the the Gosport Naval Yard and evacuate Norfolk, Virginia 1861

Guyandotte calls for the state to approve the actions of the Virginia legislature 1861

Lincoln proclaims that West Virginia would join the Union on June 20, 1863 1863

Brigadier General Robert Hoke [CS] captures Plymouth and the 2800 man Union garrison stationed ... 1863

The War Department announces a reduction in the amount of rations received by Confederate prisoners ... 1864

General P. G. T. Beauregard [CS] is relieved of command of the Department of South Carolina, ... 1864

Culminating a three-day attack that included the appearence of the new Confederate ironclad ram ... 1864

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