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Wade-Davis Bill
Co-authored by Ohio Senator Benjamin Wade and Maryland Congressman Henry Winter Davis in 1864, the Wade-Davis Bill was an attempt to impose harsh Reconstruction terms on the South, which President Lincoln pocket vetoed. Continue Reading »
Wallace Guards
In the American Civil War, Ohio provided the federal government with 260 regiments of men, including infantry, artillery, and cavalry units. Ohioans also served in several other regiments from other states, most notably from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Massachusetts, as well as in federal units. Continue Reading »
Wallace, Lew
Lew Wallace served as a general officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and he was the author of the highly-acclaimed novel, Ben Hur, A Tale of the Christ. Continue Reading »
Wapping Heights, Battle of
SEE Manassas Gap, Battle of»
Warren, Gouverneur Kemble
Major General Gouverneur K. Warren was a prominent Union officer, who led the 5th Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac, until Major General Philip Sheridan relieved him of his command following the Battle of Five Forks in 1865. Continue Reading »
Washington Peace Conference
Proposed by Virginia and chaired by former U.S. President John Tyler, the Washington Peace Conference was an unsuccessful eleventh-hour attempt to save the Union and avoid the American Civil War. Continue Reading »
Watie, Stand
The only American Indian to achieve the rank of general on either side during the American Civil War, Stand Watie was also the last Confederate general to lay down his sword. Continue Reading »
Wauhatchie, Battle of
One of the largest night battles of the American Civil War, the Battle of Wauhatchie took place on October 28–29, 1863, in Hamilton and Marion counties, Tennessee, and in Dade County, Georgia. Continue Reading »
Waynesboro, Battle of
The Union victory at the Battle of Waynesboro, fought on March 2, 1865 in Augusta County, Virginia, ended any meaningful Confederate presence in the Shenandoah Valley for the remainder of the Civil War. Continue Reading »
Webster, Daniel - Senate Speech on the Compromise of 1850 (Transcript)
Transcript of a speech Daniel Webster delivered on the floor of the United States Senate on March 7, 1850 in support of the Compromise of 1850. Continue Reading »

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