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

From the city of Yorktown, VA on the York River, John Magruder's lines extend west to the Warwick River
Map of the Siege Lines at Yorktown, VA
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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Western Union completes the final segment of the transcontinental telegraph from Denver to ... 1861

People of West Virginia vote overwhelmingly in favor of creating a new state as spelled out by the ... 1861

Don Carlos Buell [US] is relieved of command from the Army of the Ohio for his failure to pursue ... 1862

The XIV Corps, better known as the Army of the Cumberland, is created from the Army of the Ohio. 1862

General Grant, in Chattanooga, approves the plan of "Baldy" Smith to open a "Cracker Line" between ... 1863


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