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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 »
Weldon Railroad, First Battle of
SEE Jerusalem Plank Road, Battle of»
Western Virginia Campaign
Also known as the Rich Mountain Campaign, or simply Operations in Western Virginia, the Western Virginia Campaign was a struggle between Union and Confederate forces in 1861 for control of the mountainous area of western Virginia. Continue Reading »
Western Virginia, Operations in
SEE Western Virginia Campaign»
Wheeler, Joseph
A prominent Confederate cavalry commander during the American Civil War, General Joseph Wheeler also represented Alabama in the U.S. House of Representatives for nine terms, and led U.S. forces during the Spanish-American War and the Philippine-American Insurrection. Continue Reading »
White Oak Road, Battle of
The Battle of White Oak Road took place in Dinwiddie County, Virginia on March 31, 1865, during Appomattox Campaign. Continue Reading »

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