Civil War

Battle Of Antietam: The Second Deadliest Day In American History

December 15, 2020

"The Battle of Antietam - Army of the Potomac, General George B. McClellan, commander, September 17, 1862," color lithograph, unknown artist, 1888, publis...

When Southern States Considered Thanksgiving An Attack From The North

November 26, 2020

(Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal/Wikimedia Commons) Today, Thanksgiving is enjoyed by people from different cultures and backgrounds across America, b...

Reconstruction Era: What Happened After The Civil War That We Didn't Learn In School?

October 27, 2020

Dressed in period clothing, Viola Stoops of Woodville, Texas walks past Civil War reenactors gathered in Gettysburg to celebrate the ...

John Brown: The Abolitionist's Death Which Sparked The Civil War

September 30, 2020

There are some historical figures whose very existence sparks the fire of everything that follows. They speak not only for themselves but for a moment ...

Confederados: The Confederate Loyalists Who Fled To Brazil After The Civil War

July 9, 2020

(Unknown photographer/Wikimedia Commons) After the Civil War, Southerners who couldn't stand to live in a world without slavery slipped aw...

Juneteenth: Slavery Abolished In The U.S. In 1865 (The Aftermath)

June 19, 2020

A Juneteenth celebration in Richmond, Virginia, 1905. (VCU Libraries/Wikimedia Commons) On June 19, 1865, Union army general Gordon Granger stood on th...

Robert E. Lee: The Man Behind The Monument

June 9, 2020

Even when he was born on a tobacco plantation in Virginia on January 19, 1807, Robert E. Lee was already intrinsically tied to American history. His father, Henry Lee III, w...

Robert Smalls's Great Escape: How A Slave Stole A Confederate Ship And Sailed To Freedom

December 4, 2019

Born into slavery and forced to work as a ship's captain without any of the respect usually afforded to a ship's captain, Robert Sm...

Irene Triplett: The Last Surviving Civil War Pension Recipient

November 11, 2019

Civil War reenactors dressed as Confederate cavalry and artillery take part in a reenactment of the Battle of Appomattox. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images...

How the Kentucky Raid Led to the Civil War

October 26, 2018

When you ask anyone to tell you what caused the Civil War, they will probably tell you that the war was fought over slavery. For historians, however, the true causes of the ...

Friends & Brothers Captured Together During the American Civil War

August 2, 2017

This collection of 19th-century photos were taken during the American Civil War. They are photos of unknown soldiers who had chosen to be captured togethe...

Civil War Veterans Come Together One Last Time at Gettysburg, 1938

May 6, 2017

In 1938, Civil War veterans gathered together for the Battle of Gettysburg's 75th anniversary. The gathering included approximately 25 Gettysburg battle v...

How Ulysses S Grant Saved His Family In 1885

March 31, 2017

The photo below is that of President Ulysses S. Grant sitting on a porch, covered in a blanket, writing his on a journal. This photo was taken days before his death - he was no...

Photos of Wounded Civil War Soldiers Used to Determine How Much Post-war Pension Payments They Get

March 30, 2017

Photography played a significant role in the development of medicine. As a special area of photography, medical photograph...

The Forgotten Story Of The U.S. Camel Corps

January 31, 2017

Between 1856 and 1866, it's not very popular but camels were being utilized in training and hauling, with the main action occurring at Camp Verde in Texas. The plan to use camel...

The Story of the Civil War Veteran Who Got Shot In the Eye and Coughed the Bullet Out o...

January 28, 2017

Willis Meadows, a 78-year-old veteran, clutched his throat and was gasping for air. Whatever was choking him wouldn't come out and...

The Secret Message Inside Lincoln's Pocket Watch

November 12, 2016

Before Abraham Lincoln became President, he was a successful lawyer in Illinois. As he came up in the world, he bought an 18-carat gold pocket watch from a jeweler named Ge...

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