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Civil War Today on iPad
About the App
One hundred fifty years after the American Civil War began, HISTORY™ presents The Civil War Today, a groundbreaking app created exclusively for the iPad. Explore every phase and aspect of America’s bloodiest conflict with daily updates that unveil the events in real time over the course of four years.
This Day in Civil War History
Get daily Civil War updates from April 12, 2011 through April 26, 2015.
Quote of the Day
Read compelling quotations from the men and women who lived through the war.
In the Headlines
Explore every page of historic newspapers from each day of the conflict.
Day in the Life
Through their letters and personal diaries, follow the lives of 15 people who experienced the Civil War firsthand.
Check out a stunning collection of original images from the period in high-resolution.
By the Numbers
Get a unique spin on the war through surprising facts and figures.
Follow in the soldiers’ footsteps with historic battlefield maps.
Measure the true cost of the war through the lives that were lost.
North South Quiz
Test your Civil War knowledge with the daily North vs. South quiz.
Game Center Integration
Earn Civil War era appropriate achievements for your engagement with the application.
Help and Support
This App is powered by: Bottle Rocket, born to make great apps.
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Chamberlain Defends Little Round Top
Chamberlain Defends Little Round TopVideo Clip (2:48)
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Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain and the 20th Maine Regiment make a daring downhill charge to defend Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Lee at Gettysburg
Lee at GettysburgVideo Clip (2:53)
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In the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, 3,000 Union soldiers prepare to face the onslaught of 60,000 advancing Confederate soldiers.
Civil War's Greatest Myth
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What you think you know about the Civil War may not be the whole truth.
Grant or Lee?
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Which of the admired Civil War generals would you want to lead your army?
Civil War Tech
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See how the Civil War prompted a quantum leap in warfare technology.
Legacy of the Civil War
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One hundred and fifty years after it began, the Civil War is still an important component of our national character.
Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech
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After the Emancipation
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Four million slaves were formally freed when the Emancipation Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863, but with the Civil War still raging, their future was far from certain.
Civil War Biological Warfare
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In a recorded interview in 1947, 101-year-old General Julius Howell recalls fighting as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War and the moment he heard about Lincoln’s assassination.
WAC Recruits Take Oath of Enlistment
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An October 28, 1943, oath ceremony grants to women who had served in the military the official membership of the Armed Forces. Though women had established a long record of military service dating to the early 1900s, it wasn't until the Women's Army Corps bill was signed into law on July 1, 1943, that they received full status.
Korean War Progress Report
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Upon his return from the Far East, Supreme Commander of U.N. forces Gen. Matthew Ridgeway addresses a joint session of Congress on April 22, 1952, and recounts stories of Allied bravery on the battlefield.
Allies Liberate Bastogne
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In a broadcast on December 29, 1944, Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe recounts the 101st Airborne’s victory against overwhelming odds at Bastogne, Belgium.
U.S. Goals in World War II
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In his speech delivered July 23, 1942, Secretary of State Cordell Hull explains the aims of the United States in World War II.
War Report on B-29 Use
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Brig. Gen. H.S. Hansell delivers a report in June 1944 on American B-29 bomber strikes against Germany and Japan.
Schwarzkopf on Liberation of Kuwait
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Once President George H.W. Bush declares that "Kuwait is liberated" and Iraq's army defeated, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf holds a press conference on February 27, 1991, and expresses his admiration for the U.S. troops.
General Patton's Homecoming
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On June 9, 1945, Los Angeles honored Gen. George S. Patton with a homecoming parade upon his return from Europe after Germany’s surrender. In an address at the City Hall ceremonies, Gen. Patton, in his trademark colorful language, describes the destruction wrought by the Eighth Air Force and Third Army.
U.S. Army Prepares South Vietnam for American Withdrawal
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From his station in Saigon, Vietnam, on October 25, 1973, Col. Gerald M. Steinberg reflects on the difficulties encountered as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers prepared to transfer jurisdiction to ARVN, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, following the Vietnam War ceasefire signed on January 27.
Impact of U.S. Withdrawal on South Vietnam
Impact of U.S. Withdrawal on South VietnamAudio Clip (2:47)
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Following the January 27, 1973 signing of a ceasefire agreement to end the Vietnam War and the subsequent departure of U.S. troops, the U.S. military prepared the South Vietnamese to take over operations. A U.S. officer who remained in Vietnam to help with the transition is interviewed on October 11, 1973, about the process of bolstering South Vietnam's economy and self-sufficiency.
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