The Civil War 150 is an immersive online experience, featuring infographics, historian picks and topical information, that highlights the 150 people, places, events and technology that defined America's greatest conflict. The interactive commemorates the Civil War's 150th Anniversary, and utilizes six thematic infographics to create an even more engaging "who knew?" experience:
Five Deadliest Battles – Nearly a quarter of a million men were killed or wounded during the five bloodiest clashes of the Civil War. Find out what happened at Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania Court House and the Wilderness.
Who They Were – Some wore blue and some wore gray, but the 3 million soldiers who fought in the Civil War had more in common than you might expect.
West Point Warriors – Almost 900 West Point alums served in the Civil War—in fact, they faced off against each other in 55 of the war's 60 major battles.
Paying for the War – Costing $146 billion in today's money, the Civil War saw rampant inflation—9000% in the South by the end of the war—and the first U.S. income tax.
Weapons of War – The Napoleon field gun, the minie ball, the Spencer repeating rifle, the telegraph and the railroad all helped to turn the tide of battle and changed the face of warfare forever.
How They Died – One in four soldiers—620,000 people—died as a result of the Civil War. That's 2 percent of the population—6.14 million people in today's terms.
Civil War 150
Abraham LincolnVideo Clip (3:48)
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Today he is known as one of the greatest American presidents, but at the time of his election no one would have predicted Lincoln's success.
Lincoln's Most Pivotal Speech
Lincoln's Most Pivotal SpeechVideo Clip (3:02)
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Which of President Lincoln's many eloquent speeches was the most important?
Abraham Lincoln: Death Threats
Abraham Lincoln: Death ThreatsVideo Clip (1:52)
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Abraham Lincoln began receiving death threats almost as soon as he took office, and didn't have the luxury of modern Secret Service protection.
Humor of Abraham Lincoln
Humor of Abraham LincolnVideo Clip (2:07)
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Lincoln often utilized his sense of humor when making political statements, and also to silence his critics.
Civil War Turning Point
Civil War Turning PointVideo Clip (3:08)
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Find out what event turned the tide of the Civil War.
Lincoln's War Machine
Lincoln's War MachineVideo Clip (3:01)
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Twenty-four thousand miles of railroad replenishes troops and supplies for the North and delivers disaster to the South.
Civil War in One Word
Civil War in One WordVideo Clip (1:13)
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If you had just one word to describe the Civil War, what would it be?
What was in Lincoln's Pockets?
What was in Lincoln's Pockets?Video Clip (2:16)
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Ordinary items such as spectacles, a handkerchief and confederate cash were discovered inside the pockets of President Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated.
Deconstructing History: White House
Deconstructing History: White HouseVideo Clip (1:35)
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It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.
The Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation ProclamationVideo Clip (2:14)
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Issued after the Union victory at Antietam, the Emancipation Proclamation had both moral and strategic implications for the ongoing Civil War.
America and the Civil War
America and the Civil WarVideo Clip (4:04)
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Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.
Presidential Fun Facts
Presidential Fun FactsVideo Clip (1:21)
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The Oval Office has been filled with extraordinary presidents, but did you know about these not-so-famous firsts?
Massachusetts 54th Regiment
Massachusetts 54th RegimentVideo Clip (2:48)
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The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment was one of the first official black units in the U.S. armed forces. Their courageous assault on Fort Wagner played a key role in bringing about an end to slavery.
The Original Gettysburg Address
The Original Gettysburg AddressVideo Clip (2:58)
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Original or facsimile? The original Gettysburg Address bears creases in it it from when Abraham Lincoln placed it in his pocket.
The Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg AddressVideo Clip (1:36)
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Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is regarded as one of the most powerful and poignant speeches in American history.
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural
Abraham Lincoln's Second InauguralVideo Clip (2:11)
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Lincoln's second inaugural address somberly intoned the sacrifices made to end slavery and preserve the Union while calling for mutual forgiveness between North and South as the work of rebuilding began.
Abraham Lincoln's House Divided Speech
Abraham Lincoln's House Divided SpeechVideo Clip (2:31)
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Abraham Lincoln's 1858 "House Divided" speech catapults him into the national consciousness with its bold moral assessment of the future of American slavery.
Civil War Tech
Civil War TechVideo Clip (2:17)
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The Civil War saw the rise of major technological advances in warfare.
Legacy of the Civil War
Legacy of the Civil WarVideo Clip (1:22)
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One hundred and fifty years after it began, the Civil War is still an important component of our national character.
Civil War's Greatest Myth
Civil War's Greatest MythVideo Clip (2:41)
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What you think you know about the Civil War may not be the whole truth.
John Wilkes Booth Wanted Poster
John Wilkes Booth Wanted PosterVideo Clip (2:38)
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Five days after Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot, authorities distributed posters promising a large reward for the capture of his assassin: John Wilkes Booth.
Lincoln's Inaugural Bible
Lincoln's Inaugural BibleVideo Clip (2:09)
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Chief Justice Roger B. Taney administered the oath of office to Abraham Lincoln using a Bible purchased for the occasion. The ceremony was witnessed by Clark of the Supreme Court, William Thomas Carrol, who recorded the occasion in the Bible, which has special significance for President Obama.
Lincoln's Life Masks
Lincoln's Life MasksVideo Clip (1:43)
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Life masks of Abraham Lincoln taken in 1860 and 1865 reveal the physical changes that the president experienced during four years of war.
Lincoln's Grammar Book
Lincoln's Grammar BookVideo Clip (2:25)
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Abraham Lincoln devoted intense effort to self-education through reading. His grammar book survives as a testament to this self-made man's pursuit of knowledge.
Lincoln the Commander in Chief
Lincoln the Commander in ChiefVideo Clip (4:56)
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After the Civil War, President Lincoln consoles a nation in mourning, often writing personal letters of condolence to the families of fallen Union soldiers.
Abraham Lincoln's Family Life
Abraham Lincoln's Family LifeVideo Clip (4:13)
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Abraham Lincoln was an unlikely family man, but marriage and fatherhood helped him lead the nation through crisis.
The Lincoln Legacy
The Lincoln LegacyVideo Clip (3:49)
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President Abraham Lincoln presents his vision for America during his Second Inaugural Address, but his life is cut short by an assassin before he can bring it to fruition.
Lincoln: An American Icon
Lincoln: An American IconVideo Clip (1:23)
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How did the Civil War transform Lincoln's political philosophy and make his presidency one of the most iconic in history?
Lincoln's DepressionVideo Clip (2:08)
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Abraham Lincoln was plagued by bouts of melancholy and depression throughout his life.
Lincoln Issues the Emancipation Proclamation
Lincoln Issues the Emancipation ProclamationVideo Clip (2:31)
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The Emancipation Proclamation refocuses the purpose of the Civil War to address the issue of slavery.
The Aftermath of the Lincoln Assassination
The Aftermath of the Lincoln AssassinationVideo Clip (2:02)
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A stunned nation launches a massive manhunt for President Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
The Assassination of Lincoln
The Assassination of LincolnVideo Clip (2:06)
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John Wilkes Booth had unobstructed access to President Lincoln on the night of his assassination at Ford's Theater.
The Lincoln Assassination Plot
The Lincoln Assassination PlotVideo Clip (4:04)
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The assassination of President Lincoln was just one part of a larger plot to decapitate the federal government of the U.S. after the Civil War.
On the Trail of John Wilkes Booth
On the Trail of John Wilkes BoothVideo Clip (2:11)
Video Clip (2:11)
Did John Wilkes Booth really die 12 days after assassinating Abraham Lincoln, or did he secretly escape with Confederate aid?
Photo Galleries (12)
Abraham Lincoln(19 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln.
Civil War: Fort Sumter
Civil War: Fort Sumter(9 Photos)
Explore Fort Sumter, South Carolina, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
Civil War: Battles of Bull Run
Civil War: Battles of Bull Run(10 Photos)
Learn about the two battles of Bull Run through paintings and photographs of the participants, the battlefield and the surrounding areas.
Civil War: Antietam
Civil War: Antietam(12 Photos)
Explore the Battle of Antietam--one of the bloodiest of the Civil War-- through photographs of soldiers, the battlefield and monuments.
Civil War: Gettysburg
Civil War: Gettysburg(12 Photos)
Explore the historic Civil War battle of Gettysburg through photographs of the battlefield, the soldiers, and the memorials.
Civil War: Confederate Leaders
Civil War: Confederate Leaders(13 Photos)
View images of Confederate leaders from the Civil War, like Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson, and learn more about the roles they played protecting the southern states.
Civil War: Artifacts
Civil War: Artifacts(9 Photos)
Explore Civil War artifacts, from medical kits and personal hygiene items, to carbines and currency.
Slave Life(9 Photos)
View pictures of North American slave life during the 18th and 19th centuries, featuring pictures of slaves themselves and the environments in which they worked and lived.
The Slave Trade
The Slave Trade(10 Photos)
Explore images of the Atlantic and African Slave Trades, from holding cells in Africa to auction houses in Atlanta.
The Battle Over Slavery
The Battle Over Slavery(12 Photos)
Explore images of abolitionists, the Underground Railroad and much more as you learn about the battle over slavery in the United States.
Andrew Johnson(14 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Andrew Johnson.
James Buchanan(10 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of James Buchanan.
Speeches & Audio (3)
Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. on Abraham Lincoln
Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. on Abraham LincolnAudio Clip (1:33)
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As the principal speaker at the National Republican Club's 1957 Lincoln Day Dinner, Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. discusses the continuing appeal of the 16th president.
Nixon Reelected to Presidency
Nixon Reelected to PresidencyAudio Clip (1:03)
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On November 7, 1972, incumbent President Richard Nixon won a second term in a landslide victory over Democrat George McGovern. In a brief statement from the Oval Office, President Nixon promises to bring "peace with honor" in Vietnam and to usher in a "new era of peace" with the Soviet Union.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Accepts Fourth Term Nomination
Franklin D. Roosevelt Accepts Fourth Term NominationAudio Clip (2:08)
Audio Clip (2:08)
Broadcast from a Pacific coast naval base to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, on July 20, 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt accepts his party’s nomination for an unprecedented fourth presidential bid and speaks about postwar preparations now that victory is close at hand.
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