By the Way…The Civil War Started Today

A few moments in history from American Minute:

Less than two months after Lincoln was inaugurated President, the Civil War began APRIL 12, 1861, with Confederate troops in Charleston, South Carolina, firing upon Fort Sumter.

The Confederate Army was unstoppable, twice winning battles at Bull Run, Virginia, just twenty miles from Washington, D.C., forcing the Union troops to retreat to the fortifications of the Capitol.

It was not until the Battle of Gettysburg, over two years into the war, that the tide began to turn. President Lincoln confided to Noah Brooks:

“I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.”

In his General Order, November 15, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln wrote:

“The President, Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy, desires and enjoins the orderly observance of the Sabbath by the officers and men in the military and naval service.

The importance for man and beast of the prescribed weekly rest, the sacred rights of Christian soldiers and sailors, a becoming deference to the best sentiment of a Christian people, and a due regard for the Divine Will demand that Sunday labor in the Army and Navy be reduced to the measure of strict necessity.”

I guess Abe wasn’t aware of the ‘Separation of Church & State”.


About thecommonconstitutionalist

Brent is not a scholar. He’s not an author or speaker (yet). He hasn’t published a book nor does he write articles for magazines (yet). He has no advanced literary degree or pedigree (never will). He is just an American who writes and shares what interests him. He cares about the salvation of this country and a return to its Constitutional roots. He believes in God, country and family.
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6 Responses to By the Way…The Civil War Started Today

  1. Bruce says:

    Reblogged this on Stuff That Interests Me and commented:
    One of the concerns I have for our nation is how few Americans have a knowledge of their own history. The American Civil War was our bloodiest war with casualties surpassing even those of WW2. Today is the 150th anniversary of the war’s start. Thanks to the Common Constitutionalist for the reminder.

  2. My great great great granduncles migrated to the USA in 1857. The volunteered to fight for the Union in 1864 joining the 4th Minnesota Infantry (4th Coy, “Valley Sharpshooters”). They probably joined for the bounty only and not for any patriotic reasons. Bothcouldn’t speak english and they had fought for the Prussian Army in the wars agains Denmark so I suppose they were happy to have lived through that and to have escaped conscription and military service once and for all. Anyway they fought in the Battle of Allatoona Pass and participated in Shermans March to the Sea. One day I will blog their story, but as I dont want to spread my amateur knowledge about this period there is still a lot of reading to do before I can start with that.

    An important piece of american and german history (which germans dont know anything about).

    Thanks for the reminder!

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