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In February of 1864, 100 or more Union prisoners escaped the Libby Prison. The Libby Prison, a Confederate Prison in Richmond, Virginia, was subject to “one of the most successful prison breaks” of the Civil War. The prisoners broke into “Rat Hell” and dug a tunnel to escape. It took them around 17 days of digging to break out of “Rat Hell.”

The Battle of Stones River took place from December 31, 1862, to January 2, 1863. The battle was also known as the Second Battle of Murfreesboro and was fought in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, or, Middle Tennessee. The Stones River battle was reported to have the greatest percentage of casualties on both the Union and Confederate sides. The name comes from the Stones River which is 32 miles and runs throughout Tennessee. Ultimately, General William S. Rosecrans led the Union to victory, as they won the battle.

The Battle of the Wilderness took place in Spotsylvania County, and Orange County, Virginia, on May 5th through May 7th 1864. The winner of the battle is inconclusive, no side won. They fought near the Rapidan River and ended up battling in the woods, also known as the wilderness which is where the battle got it’s name. Both armies suffered around 29,000 casualties combined.

The New York City draft riots took place on July 13-16 of 1863. Other names for the event were the Manhattan draft riots and Draft Week. Riots started on Monday the 13th, when a crowd of around 500 men began bursting through doors, throwing large paving stones and even setting a government building ablaze between Third Avenue and 47th Street.

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865 and died on April 15, 1865. Lincoln was attending Our American Cousin, a play at Ford’s Theater in Washington. D.C. He was shot by an actor in the play, John Wilkes Booth. He was the first president to be assassinated.

Surrender at Appomatox

Battle of Chickamauga

Battle of Fredericksburg

Battle of Chattanooga

Battle of Mobile Bay