Civil War: Union Military Leaders Photo Gallery and related media
Civil War: Union Military Leaders
Abraham Lincoln, by George Peter Alexander Healy
As president, Abraham Lincoln (1808-1865, painting from 1860) preserved the Union during the Civil War. Renowned as an intelligent and eloquent speaker, Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.
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General Burnside takes Fredericksburg but experiences a disastrous defeat when attacking Confederate forces entrenched in the high ground above the town.
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