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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.
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.
Hundreds of Union troops, many of them African Americans, died at Fort Pillow 150 years ago. How it happened is still hotly debated.
On the 150th anniversary of the death of Andersonville’s first prisoner of war, look back at the notorious Confederate prison camp.
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.
On its 150th anniversary, explore surprising facts about one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War.
On the 150th anniversary of the bloody battle that inspired the movie “Glory,” take a look back at the all-black 54th Massachusetts Regiment.
The July 1863 draft riots were the largest civilian insurrection in American history.
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.
On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, explore seven ways that the bloody engagement forever changed America.
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.
On the 150th anniversary of her death, find out how a 20-year-old seamstress became the Battle of Gettysburg’s lone civilian casualty.
As the speech’s 150th anniversary approaches, here’s a look at eight surprising facts about the Gettysburg Address.