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Abraham Lincoln
President Abraham Lincoln's Original Signed Proclamation Conveying the Coveted ""Thanks of Congress"" to the Commodore Whose Victory in 1861 Led to the First Raising of the U.S. Flag Over a Confederate Fortification in the Civil War Lincoln lauds Silas Stringham’s ""distinguished service in the capture of Forts Hatteras and Clarke.”
03/03/1865. In early 1861, the commander-in-chief of the U.S. Army, General Winfield Scott, developed what he called the “Anaconda Plan,” which aimed to squeeze the Confederacy by blockading its ports, launching amphibious attacks at key points along the Southern coast, and seizing control of vital inland waterways such as the Mississippi River. When the Civil War broke out, the U.S. government began to implement this plan.In the opening months of the war, there was little good news for the North, and the public clamor for a victory grew daily. Instead, on July 21, 1861, the Battle of Bull Run resulted in disaster for Union arms. Frustration built and the U.S. Government became increasingly anxious to show that it had a viable plan and could field forces capable of winning. In this heated atmosphere, in July and August, the U.S. Navy began to establish the blockade. To complement this effort, it determined to launch its first amphibious assault since the Mexican War: an assault on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. This locale was chosen because the Union leadership saw the value of seizing control of the navigable channels into North Carolina sounds, as with these under control, U.S. forces would be in position to take key points on the Carolina mainland. These coastal strong-points then would serve as bases from which they could push inland to disrupt vital Confederate agricultural supply areas and the rail lines of communication running through the state to the Confederate capital of Richmond. Possession of these waters would also help eliminate the threat to U.S. ship … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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