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Civil War

John Brown: The Abolitionist's Death Which Sparked The ...

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 in tim...

Confederados: The Confederate Loyalists Who Fled To Bra...

July 9, 2020

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

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

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 the balco...

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...

Hiram Rhodes Revels: The First Black Congressman

February 25, 2020

This Black History Month, we'd be remiss to overlook incredible life of Hiram Rhodes Revels, who was sworn into the U.S. Senate on February 25, 1870, just five years a...

Robert Smalls's Great Escape: How A Slave Stole A Confe...

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 Smalls was a man who refused to ...

John Pemberton, Creator of Coca Cola: Facts & Stories Y...

November 30, 2019

Coca-Cola is one of the most recognizable brands in the world. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for NYCWFF) There are few products as American as Coca-Cola. T...

Irene Triplett: The Last Surviving Civil War Pension Re...

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) ...

Special Order No. 191: A Huge Chance-Discovery and a Wa...

August 21, 2018

One of history’s most serendipitous moments occurred on September 13, 1862, as the Civil War raged. Two Union soldiers stumbled upon a piece of paper detailin...

The Last Days Of The Civil War In Atlanta (12 Photos)

November 3, 2016

During the late summer and early fall of 1864, the city of Atlanta became the spot for a major battle of the Civil War a the Union Army pushed south from Tennessee. T...

Mary Edwards Walker: The Only Woman to Receive the Meda...

October 21, 2016

She was the only woman in her medical class in 1855. Her medical practice, however, floundered because no one trusted a female doctor then. So she volunteered in ...