Tag Archives: 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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Interactive Maps for the Battle of Gettysburg

In honor of the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Smithsonian has created a cutting-edge, interactive map that details the 3 day battle. It’s a great tool to explore the campaign in more depth! To see the map, visit Smithsonian … Continue reading

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Teaching the Siege of Vicksburg Using the Online Library of Congress

The end of May marks the beginning of the Siege of Vicksburg, a campaign against the pivotal port city of Mississippi that would ultimately decide the fate of the war. The Library of Congress houses numerous documents pertinent to teaching … 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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Eye Level: The Civil War and American Art: “The Alphabet is An Abolitionist”

Not long after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on the first day of 1863, artist Eastman Johnson composed the small painting shown here. EntitledThe Lord Is My Shepherd, it portrays a young black man reading the Bible intently. He may … 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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Read About the American Civil War in Contemporary Newspapers

The Smithsonian has a blog where you can read about the Civil War via contemporary newspapers. You can read how the country experienced the lead-up and break out of the war in a ll of its angst, propaganda, and agony. … Continue reading

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