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Teaching the Siege of Vicksburg Using the Online Library of Congress

Vicksburg Daily Citizen May 22, 1863, courtesy of LIbrary of Congress

Vicksburg Daily Citizen May 22, 1863, courtesy of 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 the Civil War. Today, they highlight the Vicksburg Daily Citizen’s Final Edition. Printed on the back of wallpaper, the piece highlights the defiant and innovative spirit of Confederates. Vicksburg would fall on July 4, 1863 after the citizens of the town suffered wide spread starvation, disease, and regular shelling from the Union Army.

The Library of Congress works contain high resolution images as well as suggestions on how to teach using primary sources. 

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 17, 1864.

The rediscovery of and subsequent raising of the Hunley has raised great interest amongst historians and lay-men alike. Now, with this display, individuals are now able to see the Hunley for the first time for more than a century.

“No one alive has ever seen the Hunley complete. We’re going to see it today,” engineer John King

To learn more about the Hunley, its raising, conservation, and see the gorgeous images of this innovative confederate ship, see the article on MSNBC.