History Stories
CATEGORY: American Civil War
The Things George Washington Worried About are Happening Today
February 16, 2018

The fears he raised about the future of the nation—including excessive debt, hyper-partisanship and foreign interference in elections—were remarkably prescient. Read More

Frederick Douglass’s Emotional Meeting With His Former Slave Master
February 13, 2018

They cried. They reminisced. The master told Douglass he would have run away, too. Read More

These Historic Military Parades Turned Heads
February 8, 2018

From ancient Rome to contemporary Paris, the flexing of military muscle is a longstanding tradition. Read More

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