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Tennessee's 1866 Civil War Highlights
The 1860 Presidential election of Abraham Lincoln resulted in seven Southern states almost immediately declaring their secession from the Union.
The Civil War began just over a month after Lincoln took office in April of 1861 and by autumn Tennessee saw it's first taste of this bloody war; a war that would tear our state in two and pit family and friends against each other for the next 48 months.
Tennessee Readmitted to Union
July 24th, 1866
Ironically, at the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War in 1861, Tennessee was the last state to leave the Union and join the Confederacy and it was also the first state to be readmitted to the Union at the end of the Civil War.
Civil War Aftermath
The Civil War is officially over and United States is united, once again - the Civil War casualties totaled over 620,000 Americans dying in the Civil War with another 50,000 survivors returning home as amputees.
The Volunteer State furnished more soldiers for the Confederate Army than any other state, and more soldiers for the Union Army than any other Southern state.
Tennessee Civil War: Civil War Begins - 1861