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two different farewells

On this day in 1861, much of the North paid tribute to the late Stephen A. Douglas. Some schools were closed as were government offices. In Washington, D.C. the White House was draped in black out of respect. In Chambersburg, PA, the departure of the First Brigade of General Patterson’s Army was described by a […]

And on June 3rd…..

On this day in 1861, Secretary of the Confederate Navy, Stephen Russell Mallory instructed naval engineer Lieutenant John Mercer Brooke to develop an ironclad design for construction in the South. Former presidential candidate and Illinois senator Stephen A. Douglas passed away in Chicago from a suspected case of typhoid fever. “The Little Giant” was 48. […]