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Category: American Civil War

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Fort Pillow Controversy Lingers, 150 Years Later

Hundreds of Union troops, many of them African Americans, died at Fort Pillow 150 years ago. How it happened is still hotly debated.

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Andersonville, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the death of Andersonville’s first prisoner of war, look back at the notorious Confederate prison camp.

The H.L. Hunley in conservsation lab in North Charleston, South Carolina.The H.L. Hunley in conservsation lab in North Charleston, South Carolina.

The Hunley’s Daring Submarine Mission, 150 Years Ago

When the Confederate submarine Hunley sank a Union warship 150 years ago, it didn’t change the course of the Civil War, yet it altered naval warfare forever.

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8 Things You Should Know About the Battle of Chickamauga

On its 150th anniversary, explore surprising facts about one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War.

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“Glory” Regiment Attacks Fort Wagner, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the bloody battle that inspired the movie “Glory,” take a look back at the all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment.

New York City Draft Riots

Four Days of Fire: The New York City Draft Riots

The July 1863 draft riots were the largest civilian insurrection in American history.

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With Vicksburg’s Fall, the Union Seizes “Key” to Victory

Along with the defeat of Robert E. Lee’s army at Gettysburg a day earlier, the Confederate surrender of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863 would turn the tide of the Civil War.

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7 Things You Should Know About the Battle of Gettysburg

On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, explore seven ways that the bloody engagement forever changed America.

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Day 2 at Gettysburg: The Union Line Holds at Little Round Top

When Union troops in the hills south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, pushed back a Confederate onslaught 150 years ago today, it proved to be the turning point of the battle that turned the tide of the war.

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Remembering the Only Civilian to Die at Gettysburg

On the 150th anniversary of her death, find out how a 20-year-old seamstress became the Battle of Gettysburg’s lone civilian casualty.

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Seven Score and 10 Years Ago: The Gettysburg Address

As the speech’s 150th anniversary approaches, here’s a look at eight surprising facts about the Gettysburg Address.

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9 Things You May Not Know About Texas

Celebrate Texas Independence Day with a look at some of the state’s quirks.

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8 Things You May Not Know About American Money

On the 150th anniversary of the law creating a single national currency, explore eight surprising facts about American money.