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

In this close-up a cannon sits atop rubble at Fort Pulaski
Close-up of breach in Fort Pulaski
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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Under the watchful eyes of Allan Pinkerton, Abraham Lincoln travels in secrecy to Washington, D. C. ... 1861

Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as the first (and only) President of the Confederate States of ... 1862

Battle of Dalton (First Dalton) ... 1864

Crisis in the Lincoln Administration over the Pomeroy Circular backing Treasury Secretary Salmon P. ... 1864

Battle of Okolana ... 1864

Following a bombardment by gunboats under the command of Rear Admiral David Porter, William T. ... 1865

General Robert E. Lee appoints Joe Johnston as commander of the only other effective fighting force ... 1865

Voters approve a new constitution, including the abolition of slavery, in Tennessee 1865

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