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S. Grant’s Tennessee campaign of 1862, in the siege of Vicksburg, and in William Tecumseh Sherman’s Atlanta campaign of 1864 until cut down and killed by desultory Confederate gunfire outside Atlanta. They say that his commander, Sherman, cried when he heard of McPherson’s death. Alexander never saw his fellow West Pointer again after their parting at San Francisco in early 1861. “Our sad parting,” Alexander called it in his post–Civil War Military Memoirs of a Confederate. Racing to War The events after South Carolina’s secession vote on December 20, 1860, came in sporadic bursts.

Army surgeon Samuel Crawford later. ” The moment of the inevitable at last had come, he noted. Pierre G. T. Beauregard, later hailed as the hero of Charleston, wrote of the end in calm, simple terms: “The flag over Fort Sumter at last was lowered, and a white flag substituted for it. The contest was over. S. Representative Roger A. Pryor of Virginia—now a Confederate colonel—almost became a casualty. Sent to Sumter as one of Beauregard’s surrender negotiators, Pryor took a seat at a table in the dark dispensary and, feeling quite thirsty, poured himself a drink from a black bottle on the table without thinking much about what he was doing.

March 2, The Confederacy welcomes its first convert, Texas. Texas seizes the Federal revenue cutter Henry Dodge at Galveston. March 3, On this Sunday in Washington, a busy Abe Lincoln hosts his Cabinet appointees at dinner and visits the Senate. In Charleston, Beauregard takes command of his troops. March 4, Lincoln is inaugurated as sixteenth president. In a time of unprecedented crisis, the nation has a new president, a new administration from the Cabinet on down, and a political party—Republican—that is new to the seat of power.

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