Faces of the Civil War Photo Gallery and related media
Faces of the Civil War
Union Soldier with Fife
Unidentified soldier in a Union uniform with a fife in front of a painted backdrop showing a pastoral landscape. The Civil War was the last conflict in which military bands played on the battlefield. There were more than 400 Union bands and 125 Confederate bands.
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View images of Union leaders from the Civil War, like Abraham Linoln and Ulysses S. Grant, and learn more about the roles they played in this bloody engagment.
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In march of 1865, Confederate forces made a valiant last stand against General Sherman's advancing troops, but were undone by the most unlikely of errors
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Two unlikely leaders, Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman become the most essential Union commanders in the Civil War.
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Union forces assault Fort McCallister, the key to Savannah and the final obstacle along General Sherman's march to the sea.
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