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What Lincoln Said in His Final Speech

As Washington celebrated the expected end to the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln delivered what would be his last public address from a White House balcony.

Painting depicting Robert E. Lee's surrender to Ulysses S. Grant in the front parlor of Wilmer McLean's Appomattox home on April 9, 1865. (Credit: Ed Vebell/Getty Images)

How the Civil War Stalked Wilmer McLean

The Civil War seemed to stalk unfortunate Wilmer McLean, who could say that the conflict began in his front yard and ended in his front parlor.

"The Peacemakers," by artist George P.A. Healy, depicts the March 1865 meeting between William T. Sherman, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln and David D. Porter. (Credit: White House Historical Association)

Lincoln, Grant and Sherman Huddle Up, 150 Years Ago

In the waning days of the Civil War, the three main architects of the Union victory convened for the first and only time.

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The Fall of Fort Fisher, 150 Years Ago

One hundred fifty years after fall of the Confederacy’s Fort Fisher, learn how the collapse of the “Gibraltar of the South” helped bring an end to the Civil War.

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10 Things You May Not Know About George Armstrong Custer

On the 175th anniversary of George Armstrong Custer’s birth, explore 10 surprising facts about the controversial general killed at Little Bighorn.

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9 Things You May Not Know About William Tecumseh Sherman

On the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s march through Georgia, explore nine surprising facts about the man who helped pioneer “scorched earth” military tactics.

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151 Years Later, Gettysburg Hero Awarded Medal of Honor

Alonzo Cushing, a Union lieutenant killed at the Battle of Gettysburg, has finally received the Medal of Honor 151 years after his death.

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Lincoln’s Hard-Fought Civil War Re-Election, 150 Years Ago

By winning re-election in 1864 against his former top general, Abraham Lincoln dashed any hopes of a negotiated peace with the Confederacy.

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Union Troops Capture Atlanta, 150 Years Ago

During the Civil War, the fall of Atlanta 150 years ago proved to be a blow from which the Confederacy never recovered.

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The Battle of Mobile Bay, 150 Years Ago

Union Admiral David Farragut damned the torpedoes and supposedly delivered one of history’s most iconic orders 150 years ago.

Plaque commemorating attack at Fort Stevens (Credit DBKING/Wikimedia Commons)

Lincoln’s Battlefield Brush with Death, 150 Years Ago

At the Battle of Fort Stevens 150 years ago, Abraham Lincoln came within feet of being shot by a Confederate sniper.

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The Civil War Comes to France, 150 Years Ago

When the Union and Confederacy battled in a ship-to-ship duel 150 years ago, they did so in a most unusual locale—off the coast of France.

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Grant’s Overland Campaign, 150 Years Ago

On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s Overland Campaign, look back at the six bloody weeks when Lee and Grant dueled for the first time.