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Baptists and the American Civil War: June 6, 1864

While the Overland and Atlanta campaigns dominate the battlefield news this month, Union forces periodically collide with Confederates in skirmishes in Louisiana and Arkansas as the Federal troops slowly but systematically extend their presence in the western theater of the war. One such small clash occurs today in the Battle of Old River Lake (also…

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Baptists and the American Civil War: May 20, 1864

Today Union General Ulysses S. Grant surveys the results of the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House thus far. The fighting has raged since May 8, but his forces have been unable to break through the entrenched Confederate lines. Casualties and losses have been extremely heavy, approaching 30,000 total for both sides, about 18,000 for the…