Category: American Civil War


What is Juneteenth?

On June 19, 1865, two months after Confederate General Robert Lee’s surrender in Virginia, Union General Gordon Granger and approximately 1,800 federal ...

What’s the difference between a carpetbagger and a scalawag?

Following the American Civil War, if someone called you a carpetbagger or scalawag, it wasn’t meant as a compliment. The term carpetbagger was used by ...

Why is American currency green?

In 1861, as a means of financing the American Civil War, the federal government began issuing paper money for the first time since the Continental Congress ...

Why do some Civil War battles have two names?

Antietam or Sharpsburg? Manassas or Bull Run? For many Americans, what you call a Civil War battle has nearly everything to do with where you or your Civil ...