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Category: American Civil War

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Mary Todd Lincoln Portrait Revealed as Hoax

Just in time for the 203rd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, news broke of a hoax involving a well-known portrait of his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

Top Stories of 2011

This Year in History: 2011

As the year comes to an end, explore the top History in the Headlines stories published in 2011, from breaking news to special features.

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Arlington Oak, Which Shaded JFK’s Grave, Fell Victim to Hurricane

The historic tree, located in Arlington National Cemetery, was uprooted last weekend by Hurricane Irene.

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Remembering the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas)

HISTORY’s chief historian answers questions about the Civil War’s first major land battle, which took place 150 years ago today.

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Civil War Deadlier Than Previously Thought?

The enormous death toll of America’s bloodiest conflict may be even higher than we think, according to one historian’s recent analysis.

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A Tale of Two Guns: Legendary Gangsters’ Revolvers Up for Auction

Al Capone’s gun will go up for auction next month, but a revolver that belonged the lesser-known gangster Cole Younger may fetch more money.

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Civil War Week on HISTORY

Starting Monday, May 30, HISTORY commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a week of special programming. Find out what to watch and check out online.

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10 Surprising Civil War Facts

Explore 10 surprising Civil War facts, brought to you by the authors of “The Seven-Day Scholar: The Civil War.”

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Civil War Photos Go on Display at the Library of Congress

A new Library of Congress exhibition presents a rare and poignant collection of recently donated Civil War photographs.

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Who Was Mary Surratt?

Who was Mary Surratt, an alleged collaborator in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln and the inspiration behind the new movie “The Conspirator”?

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Key Part of Gettysburg Battlefield Preserved

The National Park Service has acquired a former golf course where a series of bloody clashes took place on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Civil War Artifacts Unearthed from Former Confederate Prison

In what archaeologists are calling the most important Civil War find in decades, rare artifacts have emerged from a former Confederate prison site in Georgia.