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    Quote Originally Posted by Doktor View Post
    Those would be only one of the exceptions, no?
    It also included most senior commanders but they were not granted amnesty immediately. In fact the general officers and colonels captured at Saylors Creek on 6 April 1865 were kept in prison until November of 1865. They had surrendered on the battlefield and were not part of the ANV when it was paroled at ANV.

    So senior officers received paroles but not amnesty. They all had to apply for it on a case by case basis.
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    1862 Confederates evacuate Coronth, MS.

    1863 In the wake of Stonewall Jackson's death Lee complete's the reorganization of the ANV, with Longstreet retaining the Ist Corps and Richard Ewell and AP Hill being promoted from division commands to command the IInd & IIrd Corps.
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    1862 The Battle of Seven Pines/Fair Oaks, the culminating event of the Union attack (if you want to call the slow pace an attack) up the Peninsula. After this the Confederates would push the AOP back during the Seven Days Battles. The Battle of Seven Pines Summary & Facts | Civilwar.org
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    1862. Robert Edward Lee took command if the ANV.

    1864. The battle of Cold Harbor began.

    1864. Sturgis went after Forrest from Memphis.
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    1864. The large scale Union assault occurs in the Battle of Cold Harbor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    1865: President Andrew Johnson proclaims amnesty for most ex-Confederates with an exception for property owners whose holdings total $20,000 dollars.
    What was the reason for that, and why that amount?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave lukins View Post
    What was the reason for that, and why that amount?
    They were the men with the largest plantations and holdings. Once their slaves were gone their worth were based on land and other holdings. It was this group which pushed for seceding in the first place. They had to apply for the parole. Also Johnson grew up dirt poor in the South and he kind of had a special place in his heart for pay back.
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    1864 The Battle of Piedmont. The middle battle of the Lynchburg Campaign. David Hunter defeats Grumble Jones.

    Battle of Piedmont - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    1862 The Battle of Memphis. A crushing Union victory which swept the Confederate naval forces from the Mississippi River. Only single vessel raids occurred after that.

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    1863. The Battle of Milliken's Bend, part of the Vicksburg Campaign. It wa an attempt by troops of the Department of the Trans-Mississippi to destroy Grant's supply base.

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    1863 The Battle of Brandys Station, the largest cavalry battle I the Western Hemisphere. It was the opening round of the Gettysburg Campaign and was the coming of age for the Union cavalry.
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    I also discovered through some research (thanks Eric Wittenberg) that the Union had 2 brigades of Infantry along. They were brigades composed of regiments which were known for their fast marching and hard fighting skills and were formed only for this battle.

    Never knew this but it would make sense. A good combined arms fight.
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    1864 Forrest defeats Sturgis at the Battle of Brice's Crossroads

    The Battle of Brice's Cross Roads Summary & Facts | Civilwar.org
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    1864 Battle of Trevilian Station. Sheridan is not the greatest cavalry commander there ever was and Custer has his First Last Stand.

    The Battle of Trevilian Station Summary & Facts | Civilwar.org

    Skirmish at Pine Mountain, GA. this was a precursor as Confederate cavalry skirmished with their Union counterparts and allowed the Confederate to establish a defense line. the Battle of Pine Mountain would follow 3 days later.
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    1862 JEB Stuart begins his ride around McClellan....which had not great operational impact but made for great press.
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