Here are some one liners...
Sherman's March through Georgia -- It's like the Borg walking through your living room as General Sherman makes mincemeat out of Georgia.
Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead! -- Admiral Farragut utters his famous lines but "torpedoes" are not what you think they are.
In God We Trust and the National Bank -- Hey. We get God on our money. That will protect us. Right?
In Other News -- Black Union soldiers are massacred, Jules Verne and a General's last words.
Sherman's March through GeorgiaUnion General Corse was able able to "Hold the Fort". Now General William Tecumseh Sherman has taken Atlanta and he is leaving it a smoking ruin. This is the end of the world as Georgians know it. It is clear that this war has been backed primarily by the rich plantation owners, so the Union strategy is to choke off the Confederacy's commerce options. That includes the capture of sea ports. Thus when General Hood takes the majority of his Confederate forces into Tennessee to tempt Sherman into chasing him, Hood has simply cleared the way for Sherman's real objective, the sea port of Savannah. This is Sherman's "March to the Sea" that will be the subject of song by next year. The orders are simple: Surrender will be met with reasonable terms. Resistance will be met with unreserved barbarity. This is war and there is no way to make it pretty, so Sherman doesn't try. He has seen too much agony and death. He wants it over and he is willing to pay full price to get it. Sherman's troops march out of Atlanta with a swagger. The boys are singing "Glory, glory, Hallelujah," but Sherman has had his fill of war.   
- "I confess without shame that I am tired & sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. Even success, the most brilliant is over dead and mangled bodies [...] It is only those who have not heard a shot, nor heard the shrills & groans of the wounded & lacerated (friend or foe) that cry aloud for more blood & more vengeance, more desolation & so help me God as a man & soldier I will not strike a foe who stands unarmed & submissive before me but will say 'Go sin no more.' "
- -- General William Tecumseh Sherman, in a letter dated 1865.
Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead!Three Confederate ironclads lie in wait for the Union attack on Mobile Bay with the CSS Tennessee being the most capable. Two forts guard the entrance to the bay and the channel is sown with torpedoes or mines. The Union calls the torpedoes "those infernal machines". If you will recall, torpedoes or underwater mines were introduced by Robert Fulton. Yeah. The guy with the steamboat, but before he was building steamboats he had built the submarine Nautilus for the French with the aim to set underwater charges. (Jules Verne is having a field day with these ideas right now.) Currently, torpedoes are simply tethered mines. Admiral David Farragut guides two columns of steamships into the bay, but when his first ironclad hits a mine and sinks, his other ships shy to port and slow. With the forts firing on his ships, this is no time to take a nap. Before the initiative is lost, the Admiral pulls his ship out of line and moves forward, directly over the minefield. As he passes the other ship he shouts his famous order, "Damn the torpedoes! Four bells! [...] Full speed!" The mines fail to explode, probably due to faulty primers. Farragut's ships follow him into the bay. Then the Admiral issues his second most famous command, "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley."   
In God We Trust and the National BankLast year Congress, in its wisdom, established a charter for several national banks. The requirements are stringent and capital requirements are high. Fractional banking is regulated by law and kept within prudent limits... hopefully. With the ongoing war there is a need for war bonds to finance the war. This year the national charter is expanded to monitor state banks. A large tax on state banks is imposed, mostly to limit the competition with the national banks. What it actually does is to kill a lot of state banks and cause a lot more panics. Along with these shenanigans is a movement to make the United States of America into a Christian country. A group of Christians organize and develop an amendment to the Constitution. They meet with President Lincoln and he is cautiously in favor of the idea, but he tells them he needs to look at the wording carefully. The amendment will never make it out of Congress but what WILL make it out is a change in the money supply. The phrase, "In God We Trust" will now appear on the 1 and 2 cent coins. However, the motto won't be a requirement until 1956 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the requirement into law so that it shall appear on all US currency.    
In Other News
- Black Union soldiers are massacred as they try to surrender. Nathan Bedford Forrest (the future Grand Wizard of the KKK) is present, but it is not clear if he ordered the massacre or if it was spontaneous. He didn't stop it, though. 
- Jules Verne publishes "Journey to the Center of the Earth". Professor Lidenbrock decodes a strange message describing a path to the center of the Earth via an Icelandic volcano tube. It is a fabulous story re-imagined and told again and again. 
- Union General John Sedgwick's famous last words are "They couldn't hit an elephant from this distance!" He is the highest ranking Union soldier to be killed in this war.