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Site of Stonewall Jackson's first attack from Winchester in December, 1861
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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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New York's 7th Regiment arrives in Washington, having around Baltimore by boat. 1861

In a daring nighttime operation Illinois troops steam from Alton to St. Louis and remove 10,000 ... 1861

General Edwin Vose Sumner relieves Albert Sidney Johnston as Commander, Department of the Pacific 1861

After a duel with Confederate ships at English Turn, Commadore Farragut's fleet weighs anchor at New ... 1862

George Thomas promoted to major general 1862

General John C. Parke [US] bombards Fort Macon, near Beaufort, following a month-long siege of the ... 1862

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