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
Civil War 150
Civil War 150Interactive
National Civil War Student Challenge
National Civil War Student ChallengeInteractive
Civil War Tech
Civil War TechVideo Clip (2:17)
Video Clip (2:17)
The Civil War saw the rise of major technological advances in warfare.
Lincoln's War Machine
Lincoln's War MachineVideo Clip (3:01)
Video Clip (3:01)
Twenty-four thousand miles of railroad replenishes troops and supplies for the North and delivers disaster to the South.
Trench WarfareVideo Clip (1:14)
Video Clip (1:14)
Although best known for its role in the long slog of World War I, trench warfare actually got its start on the battlefields of the American Civil War. Find out how new weapons and technology played a part in both its development and destruction.
Confederate vs. Union Soldiers
Confederate vs. Union SoldiersVideo Clip (2:39)
Video Clip (2:39)
Find out what divided the men of the Civil War, and how in many ways they were more alike than different.
Civil War Biological Warfare
Civil War Biological WarfareVideo Clip (3:56)
Video Clip (3:56)
Confederate agents experiment with an early version of bio-warfare, attempting to spread yellow fever throughout Northern cities.
America and the Civil War
America and the Civil WarVideo Clip (4:04)
Video Clip (4:04)
Discover how the bloodiest war in American history transformed the face of the nation.
Civil War Sketchbook
Civil War SketchbookVideo Clip (2:35)
Video Clip (2:35)
Confederate topographical engineer Jedidiah Hotchkiss' sketchbook -- created with meticulous detail while on horseback -- helps Gen. Stonewall Jackson to master terrain during the Civil War.
Grant or Lee?
Grant or Lee?Video Clip (2:19)
Video Clip (2:19)
Which of the admired Civil War generals would you want to lead your country?
Transcontinental RailroadVideo Clip (3:27)
Video Clip (3:27)
Find out how the transcontinental railroad transformed America into one nation.
Civil War Counter-Terrorism
Civil War Counter-TerrorismVideo Clip (3:26)
Video Clip (3:26)
Federal Agent Felix Stidger infiltrated a Confederate terrorist organization called The Sons of Liberty and revealed terror plots against strategic Union targets.
Civil War in One Word
Civil War in One WordVideo Clip (1:13)
Video Clip (1:13)
If you had just one word to describe the Civil War, what would it be?
Tragedy on the Sultana
Tragedy on the SultanaVideo Clip (3:40)
Video Clip (3:40)
The passenger ship Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River killing over 1,800 civilians and solfiers returning from the battlefield after the Civil War. Though the war had officially ended, was this tragedy the work of Confederate agents?
Abraham LincolnVideo Clip (3:48)
Video Clip (3:48)
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.
Civil War Turning Point
Civil War Turning PointVideo Clip (3:08)
Video Clip (3:08)
Find out what event turned the tide of the Civil War.
Civil War's Greatest Myth
Civil War's Greatest MythVideo Clip (2:41)
Video Clip (2:41)
What you think you know about the Civil War may not be the whole truth.
Legacy of the Civil War
Legacy of the Civil WarVideo Clip (1:22)
Video Clip (1:22)
One hundred and fifty years after it began, the Civil War is still an important component of our national character.
The Evolution of Battlefield Guns
The Evolution of Battlefield GunsVideo Clip (1:25)
Video Clip (1:25)
Over the course of several hundred years, guns have undergone changes that have made them more efficient and effective.
Mankind in 2 Minutes
Mankind in 2 MinutesVideo Clip (2:12)
Video Clip (2:12)
Experience the story of Mankind in 2 Minutes.
Mankind Decoded Sneak Peek
Mankind Decoded Sneak PeekVideo Clip (5:03)
Video Clip (5:03)
Check out a sneak peek of the upcoming series Mankind Decoded.
Manhattan ProjectVideo Clip (3:09)
Video Clip (3:09)
Explore the top-secret American project to build the world's first atomic bomb.
Preserving the Footage
Preserving the FootageVideo Clip (2:04)
Video Clip (2:04)
By recovering footage buried away for decades to develop the Vietnam in HD series, see how history is preserved transferring the delicate film to HD.
Women of War
Women of WarVideo Clip (1:38)
Video Clip (1:38)
Find out the surprising stories of the unexpected ways women have served their countries in times of war.
Photo Galleries (6)
Faces of the Civil War
Faces of the Civil War(28 Photos)
The Library of Congress recently acquired a rare collection of nearly 700 Civil War-era ambrotype and tintype photographs, donated by the Liljenquist family.
Civil War: Mathew Brady
Civil War: Mathew Brady(18 Photos)
Photographer Mathew Brady and his associates would create more than 10,000 images of the American Civil War, bringing the harsh realities of war to the American public..
Civil War: Artifacts
Civil War: Artifacts(9 Photos)
Explore Civil War artifacts, from medical kits and personal hygiene items, to carbines and currency.
Inventions: Inventors(8 Photos)
Inventions: Communication(14 Photos)
Industrial Inventions(12 Photos)
Speeches & Audio (1)
General Howell Recounts Civil War Experience
General Howell Recounts Civil War ExperienceAudio Clip (6:29)
Audio Clip (6:29)
In a recorded interview in 1947, 101-year-old General Julius Howell recalls fighting as a Confederate soldier during the Civil War and the moment he heard about Lincoln’s assassination.
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