|The Declaration of Independence, 1823 William Stone facsimile.|
237 years ago today, the Continental Congress adopted and promulgated the Declaration of Independence at Independence Hall. The Congress had voted for independence on July 2nd.
|Vicksburg, Mississippi literally dug in during the seige.|
Exactly 87 years later and 150 years ago today, the Union Army of the Tennessee under U.S. Grant followed up the Army of the Potomac's spectacular victory at Gettysburg with the capture of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Now the Mississippi River belonged entirely to the Union, and the Confederacy was cut in half. The Civil War was by no means over; there would still be terrible battles and thousands more men would die. But the Confederacy would never recover from the blows of that fateful first week of July, 1863.
Long live the United States!