One gun and a ram
The CSS Manassas, a one-gun Confederate ironclad ram, rammed the USS Richmond at the Head of Passes at the mouth of the Mississippi River on October 12, 1861. This letter (one page shown here), written by Johnny (possibly J.R. Bartlett), records the action from the Richmond’s deck and shows the damage done by the ram. As detailed in the notes, Richmond was damaged but not sunk, and Manassas suffered in the attack as well, losing its smokestack and prow and temporarily lost power.
Letter from Johnny Bartlett Regarding the Engagement Between the CSS Ram Manassas and the USS Richmond, 10/12/1861
On April 9, 1865, Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee met in the parlor of a house in Appomattox Court House, VA, to discuss this surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, which would end the Civil War. According to the terms, the men of Lee’s army could return home in safety if they pledged to end the fighting and deliver their arms to the Union Army.
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General Ambrose E. Burnside - a little worse for wear.
We thought this Mathew Brady photograph of General Burnside was fitting for today. On July 30th, 1864, he fought in the Battle of the Crater (recreated in the beginning of the film, Cold Mountain).
This photo wasn’t at the battle, but it looks like it could have been.
May 23 - Civil War Map of Campbell County, Georgia.
Dated May 23, 1864, this is a map of the 1st District, Campbell County, Georgia, South of the Cherokee Boundary Line. It was compiled under the direction of William Emery Merrill, a prominent topographical engineer who served with the Union Army during the Civil War.