History Stories
CATEGORY: American Civil War
The Civil War Doctor Who Proved Phantom Limb Pain Was Real
November 8, 2017

Silas Weir Mitchell specialized in the ghostly pain that lingered after amputations. Read More

Why Nobody Remembers America’s Worst Maritime Disaster
September 28, 2017

Thousands of Union POWs died on the steamboat Sultana. Read More

How The U.S. Got So Many Confederate Monuments
August 17, 2017

These commemorations tell a national story. Read More

How the Cult of Robert E. Lee Was Born
August 14, 2017

History is usually written by the victors, but not in this case. Read More

Why Lincoln Wanted an Italian Freedom Fighter to Lead His Army
August 11, 2017

Giuseppe Garibaldi is best known for helping to Italy, but he came very close to taking another notable assignment, Read More

Why HBO’s Planned ‘Confederate’ Series Alarms Some Historians
August 1, 2017

Controversy surrounds Confederate, an upcoming alternative history series. Read More

Long-Lost Sword Owned by Leader of Black Civil War Unit Found
July 17, 2017

More than 150 years ago, a dead Union officer’s sword was claimed by Confederate troops after a bloody battle near Charleston. Read More

A Tale of Two Cities: New Orleans and the Fight Over Confederate Monuments
May 11, 2017

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When Ironclads Clashed: How Hampton Roads Changed Naval Warfare Forever
March 9, 2017

On March 9, 1862, the ironclad warships USS Monitor and CSS Virginia squared off in the most influential naval battle of the Civil War. Read More

Vets on Harleys Escorting Civil War Soldier’s Ashes Home
August 3, 2016

Hundreds of volunteers on motorcycles are escorting the unclaimed ashes of Civil War private Jewett Williams from Oregon to his home state of Maine for a proper burial. Read More