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Civil War Blog

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Events of April 1865

| April 30, 2015

April 9.  Confederate States Army General Robert E. Lee surrenders to Union Army General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, effectively ending the American Civil War. April 14. U.S. Secret Service is created to fight counterfeiting. April 14 (Good Friday). Assassination of Abraham Lincoln: President of the United States Abraham Lincoln is shot while attending a […]

Events of March 1865

| March 31, 2015

March 3. Opening of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Corporation, the founding member of the HSBC Group. This bank was founded by Scottish bankers to help facilitate trade between China and Europe. Hong Kong was a British colony during this period.             March 13. Jefferson Davis signs a bill […]

Events of February 1865

| February 27, 2015

February 3. Legislature of Canada approves message to British Crown for union of British North American Provinces.  The four provinces united were: Province of Canada, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. The former Province of Canada was split back into its pre-1841 parts, with Canada East (Lower Canada) renamed Quebec, and Canada West (Upper Canada) renamed Ontario. […]

Events of the World: December 1864

| December 31, 2014

December 1. The Great Fire of Brisbane  swept through the central parts of Brisbane in the Colony of Queensland (now a state of Australia). For two and a half hours the fire burned out of control in large parts of Brisbane’s central business district with entire blocks being destroyed. The fire  consumed 50 houses, 2 banks, 3 […]

Santa Claus and the Civil War

| December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas to all from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania! Many Christmas traditions celebrated today originated during the Civil War era, including that of Santa Claus. The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia held a special program 2010 on how those traditions started and evolved over time.  Catherine Wright, Collections Manager of the Museum of the Confederacy, […]