Heavy artillery used by the Confederates during the siege of Vicksburg.
American History

Breaking the Confederate Stronghold over Vicksburg

November 18, 2020

The Confederates controlled the area between Vicksburg and Port Hudson, Louisiana. While these were the two remaining strong points, Vicksburg was the more important one of the two. Until Vicksburg fell, Union plans to control the Mississippi River could not be completed, which is why it was Ulysses S. Grant’s first target. […]

The bronze statue of John Marshall located in John Marshall Place Park with the United States Supreme Court building in the background in Washington DC.
American History

John Marshall and His Influence on the Judiciary

November 11, 2020

On February 24, 1803, John Marshall handed down the first ruling as the Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. Marshall’s ruling left Thomas Jefferson and James Madison unhappy, but paved a way for making the federal court powerful. […]

Picture of Thomas Jefferson
American History

Aaron Burr and His Notorious Political Agendas

November 10, 2020

In 1800, Jefferson reluctantly accepted Burr as his vice presidential choice in order to secure New York’s decisive electoral votes. Once elected, Jefferson promptly dropped Burr out of all his councils. In 1804, when Jefferson had enough momentum of his own to win easy reelection, he dropped Aaron Burr off the ticket entirely. Burr had become more than just the ordinary political liability to the Republicans in 1804. […]

A map of America
American History

History of the United States: Thomas Jefferson’s Idea of Self-Reliance

November 9, 2020

There was a set of allegations and counter allegations between Republicans and Federals about being ready to push the United States into colonial subjugation. Thomas Jefferson was convinced that the survival of Republican principles depended on promoting the idea of self sufficiency. That implied opening up the Republic’s undeveloped western territories, lying between the Appalachian Mountains and America’s western boundary on the Mississippi River. […]

Cannon at Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi.
American History

American Civil War: Maintaining Confederacy and Union Military Forces

November 9, 2020

One of the most significant reasons that helped tip the balance of the war in favor of the North was having access to better facilities. They were better armed, fed, and clothed than their Southern counterparts. But things were not as bad in the South as accounts on the Civil War have described. […]

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