Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sesquicentenial Events for 2012

Antietam, MD
The Civil War enterted its second year in 1862 with major victories in the West and devastating defeats in the East.  If we can judge by critical and strategic battles (class A), the year 1862 was the most significant of the war.

  • 1861 - 3 class A battles
  • 1862 - 14
  • 1863 - 8
  • 1864 - 13
  • 1865 - 7
Fort Donelson, TN
The year also marked the emergence of U.S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Nathan Bedford Forrest, and William T. Sherman.  On the downside, Union generals McClellan, Pope, and Burnside fell from grace. 

Plan on celebrating the Sesquicentennial of these battles in 2012.


Allen Mesch said...

An informal poll conducted by me indicates that the most cxritical battles of 1862 were Antietam and Shiloh.

Allen Mesch said...

The latest statistics on the poll indicates that Antietam (50%), Shiloh (31%) and Fort Donelson (18%) are considered by members of the discussion group Civil Warriors to be the most critical battles of 1862.