Tag Archives: American Civil War

A Virtual Tour of Gettysburg

As we prepare for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, there is a broad array of information on the topic. If you would like to hear a modern rendition of the speech, listen here. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of … Continue reading

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Gettysburg: Insights & Perspectives

On July 1, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began in Pennsylvania. It is one of the most important battles of the American Civil War. The Fall edition of History Now, the quarterly online journal published by the Gilder Lehrman Institute, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln

Today is the 204th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln is one of America’s most celebrated Presidents, having served during the Union’s darkest time – the Civil War. His problematic tenure in office saw the United States nearly torn apart, … Continue reading

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The Uncertain Promise of Freedom’s Light: Black Soldiers in The Civil War | Around The Mall

Black soldiers could not officially join the Union army until the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863. But, on the ground, they had been fighting and dying from the beginning. When three escaped slaves arrived at Fort Monroe … Continue reading

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Death Toll of the American Civil War Higher Than Previously Thought

The American Civil War was the most devastating American Conflict in our history. New research indicates that the death toll was significantly higher than previously determined. “The Civil War left a culture of death, a culture of mourning, beyond anything … Continue reading

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The Faces of the Crewmen of the USS Monitor to be Reconstructed

The USS Monitor was one of the first iron clad naval ships and most famous for engaging in battle with the Merrimack (in the first battle between ironclad ships). When the turret of the Monitor was raised, two skeletons were found along … Continue reading

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H. L. Hunley (Civil War Submarine) Revealed for the First Time

The Civil War submarine, the H. L. Hunley, has finally been unveiled in Charleston, South Carolina. The Hunley, which had several unsuccessful training exercises (resulting in the death of her crew), sank for the third and final time on February … Continue reading

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Eight Little Known Facts About the Civil War

Smithsonian Magazine Highlights the top 8 little known, obscure, and sometimes just odd facts regarding the American Civil War. The odd facts include: The brothers Chang and Eng Bunker (the famed “Siamese Twins”) were drafted in the war. “Rectal Acorns” were used … Continue reading

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Archaeology Magazine Highlights a Civil War Shipwreck, the Mary Celeste

This month’s Archaeology Magazine highlights the Civil War Shipwreck of the Mary Celeste off the coast of Bermuda. The steamship Mary Celeste sunk off the coast of Bermuda on September 6, 1864. Archaeologists of the Waitt Institute in conjunction with NOAA have … Continue reading

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More New Findings at Civil War POW Camp

Continued excavations at the newly discovered Camp Lawton in Georgia are bringing to light new information on life in Confederate P.O.W. camps. Archaeologists have been able to identify the regiments and ranks of various soldiers based on moments and medals that … Continue reading

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