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The Importance Of Civil War Monuments

19
Aug

War monuments commemorate wars and conflicts. A monument can be a large marble pillar, a statue or a much smaller plaque. Monuments are usually sponsored by organizations or communities to remember a battle or event in which lives were lost. Civil War monuments are critical to the understanding of the history of the United States.

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The Civil War was a bloody, internal war that often put family members against one another. One brother might fight for the North and another for the South. Soldiers fought to preserve the nation or to preserve a way of life. Continue Reading »

Famous Civilians And Their Roles During The Civil War

27
May

Throughout the Civil War there have been many civilians with various roles, who have become famous and remain well known today. Among them are women, slaves (or former slaves) and retired men.

Women often took the role of spies. The most famous Confederate spy was Belle Boyd. She served in the Shenandoah Valley and was so influential Stonewall Jackson promoted her and gave her an honorary position on his staff.

Mary Elizabeth Bowser spied for the Union Army. She was an African American Continue Reading »

The Generals And Soldiers From West Point

22
Mar

Since its creation, West Point has largely been synonymous with military leadership. This was definitely the case in the 1800′s, when families of means on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line sent their sons to West Point in order to be educated in military discipline and civil engineering.

While a large proponent of West Point graduates hailed from the South and chose to join the Confederacy’s cause during the Civil War (so much so that there was pressure on Congress to shut West Continue Reading »

Disease and Destruction Of The Civil War

13
Jun

During the Civil War the body count rose not only from the wounds of battle but also from disease that ran rampant in camps on both sides of the war. Dysentery, or the bloody flux, was the largest killer of the era aside from war wounds. Stomach cramps, frequent urges to pass feces, fever, shock, delirium, dehydration and other symptoms led to death in 45,000 to 50,000 cases throughout the course of the war. Contaminated water and food was the cause of both dysentery and typhoid Continue Reading »

Common Types Of Civil War Weaponry

21
Aug

There were several different types of weapons that were used in the civil war. Of course they did not have near the sophisticated, technology laden weaponry that is used in wars today. The soldiers in the civil war used weapons from one of three categories. These categories were artillery, small arms, edged weapons.

In the category of artillery, both the union and confederacy enjoyed using the Napoleon which is a gun-howitzer. This gun could hit a target up to over 1,000 feet away. They Continue Reading »

The Many Tales Of The Civil War Heroes

19
Aug

Recently promoted to command the 1st Division, General John Buford knew that Union and Confederate forces were about to clash near Gettysburg. He also recognized that the heights south of town would be pivotal to any battle fought in the area. Realizing he was outnumbered, Buford understood that any combat involving his unit would be a delaying action. He had his cavalry dismount and occupy low ridges north and northwest of town. His goal was to buy time for the Union army to come up and fortify the heights and to prevent Confederate Continue Reading »

Civil War Inventions And Their Importance To The Cause

18
Aug

Many inventions during the Civil War were important to the cause because they facilitated communication and transportation. The telegraph, invented by Samuel Morse in 1844, aided in communications from behind the frontline and enabled news sources to report upon the major events as the war progressed. Both sides relied upon hot air balloons for battlefield information. Railroads moved men and supplies. Jonathan Letterman created the first organized transportation of the wounded. Both the north and the south invested in Continue Reading »

Our Favorite Civil War Movies

10
Aug

You call yourself a Civil War buff and you spend entire weekends at reenactments or scouring pawn shops for memorabilia…have you seen the best Civil War films of all time? Here are the ones we think you should be watching out for on your Direct.tv satellite – let us know if you disagree in the comments below!
Glory – Perhaps the most well-known of all the Civil War films this movie is rich in detail and historically accurate. It Continue Reading »

Who’s Who Of The American Civil War

20
Jun

Here is a quick, alphabetical list of the most important people, or, at any rate, some of the people who made the most noise, during the American Civil War.

Booth, John Wilkes – An actor who was also a Confederate spy. Wilkes shot Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. The President died two days later.

Davis, Jefferson – A West Point graduate who was elected President of the Confederate States of America.

Grant, Ulysses S. – Union general who, despite several personal scandals, proved to be one of President Lincoln’s best men. Grant accepted the surrender of Robert E. Continue Reading »

Famous Quotes From The American Civil War

25
May

The civil war was a time where many now historic quotes and speeches were made. Here are some of the most famous quotes from the American Civil War:
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal … We here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, and for Continue Reading »

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