Today in history — the Civil War
Previously we shared some stories about the Civil War, this being the 150th anniversary of the war that took so many American lives. The events leading up to the war, its cost and the remnants that remain in some circles cause your writer to share stories of that time. Today, April 29, is the anniversary of a couple of major events.
Recall that there were in succession several Southern states that seceded; eventually there were 11. Louisiana was the sixth of the first seven, seceding on Jan. 26, 1861. It was not until April 17, some two and a half months later, that Virginia seceded. This event was major. Many of the major battles of the Civil War occurred there, and the Southern capital of Richmond was there. Virginia borders the District of Columbia, and the two capitals of Eichmond and Washington were very close. Washington was in a perilous location, but it was still safe. Safe, that is, if Maryland did not secede.