This Week in History is Ancestry’s look back at notable events from the past. Featuring three moments from our Newspapers.com archives, this Week in History is our way of remembering what came before us.
In honor of Veteran’s Day on November 11th, we remember our American heroes and their service to our country. During the week of November 5th, the Battle of Belmont took place in Missouri, Lincoln was re-elected as president, and German leaders signed the armistice in Compiégne, France ending World War I.
On November 7th, 1861, Union General, Ulysses S. Grant occupied a Confederate camp at the Battle of Belmont, Missouri in the hope of taking control of the territory. Unfortunately, Grant was forced to flee when more Confederate troops came and was not able to gain possession of the land. During this battle, both troops lost hundreds of soldiers and more than 1,000 soldiers were wounded or captured.
Check out General Grant’s official report on the Belmont battle via The Joliet Signal
Four years into the Civil War, on November 8th, 1864, Abraham Lincoln was elected for a second term as President. During this time, Southerners were very displeased with Lincoln’s service and reconstruction of the south, whereas the Northerners were very happy with the changes that had been made by Lincoln and his 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln ran against George B. McClellan, and won 55% of the vote, receiving support from all but three states.
Read more about Lincoln’s re-election via The Pittsburgh Gazette
On November 11th, 1918, World War I came to an end, as Germany signed an armistice agreement. Lasting for more than four years, World War I left millions of soldiers dead and wounded. Not only did the war cause destruction and slaughter, but it also resulted in a substantial change in the geo-political landscape. Ironically, the Peace Treaty that ended the dispute later led to be a notable cause of World War II.
Check out this historic moment via The Times Dispatch
This week, we encourage Americans to dig deep into their family roots and explore their connections to our nation’s military history through the free access to our over 250 million U.S. military records from November 2– 12.
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