West Virginia Statehood

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia was admitted as the 35th state of the United States of America. Located in the Appalachian Mountain range, the state covers an area of 24,229.76 square miles (62,754.8 km²), with 24,077.73 square miles (62,361.0 km²) of land and 152.03 square miles (393.8 km²) of water, making it the 41st largest state in the United States. West Virginia borders Pennsylvania and … Continue reading West Virginia Statehood

Cape Town, Shiloh, the G.A.R., & the 1896 Olympics

April 6 in Thailand is marked as King Phutthayotfa Chulalok the Great and Chakri Dynasty Memorial Day (วันพระบาทสมเด็จพระพุทธยอดฟ้าจุฬาโลกมหาราชและวันที่ระลึกมหาจักรีบรมราชวงศ์), or simply Chakri Day (วันจักรี — Wan Chakkri) which commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Bangkok by King Phutthayotfa Chulalok in 1782, detailed on A Stamp A Day last year. This year, I have found several events that occurred on this date … Continue reading Cape Town, Shiloh, the G.A.R., & the 1896 Olympics

The Appomattox Campaign

On March 29, 1865, Federal forces under Major General Philip Sheridan moved to flank Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee as the Appomattox Campaign began. This was a series of United States Civil War battles fought from March 29 until April 9, 1865, in Virginia that concluded with the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia to forces of the Union Army … Continue reading The Appomattox Campaign

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Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address

On the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered what has become one of the best known speeches in American history, the Gettysburg Address. The occasion was the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, four and a half months after the Union armies defeated those of the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg. In just over two minutes, … Continue reading Lincoln Delivers the Gettysburg Address