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
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Civil War 150
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Declaration of Independence
Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (3:04)
Video Clip (3:04)
To many in the Continental Congress, war was unthinkable. So why did they finally create this revolutionary document?
The Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of GettysburgVideo Clip (2:38)
Video Clip (2:38)
For three days in July 1863, Union and Confederate forces clash at Gettysburg in one of the most pivotal battles of the Civil War.
Andrew CarnegieVideo Clip (2:11)
Video Clip (2:11)
Meet Andrew Carnegie and find out how the wealthiest man of his day ended up giving away his vast fortune.
Meet Benjamin Franklin
Meet Benjamin FranklinVideo Clip (1:48)
Video Clip (1:48)
Benjamin Franklin was an accomplished revolutionary, but his private life reveals a complex personality.
The Gettysburg Address
The Gettysburg AddressVideo Clip (1:36)
Video Clip (1:36)
Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is regarded as one of the most powerful and poignant speeches in American history.
Chamberlain at Gettysburg
Chamberlain at GettysburgVideo Clip (1:26)
Video Clip (1:26)
Find out how the actions of a former Maine professor helped the Union win at Gettysburg, the deadliest battle of the Civil War.
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of Independence
The Gettysburg Address: A New Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (1:45)
Video Clip (1:45)
After the carnage at the Battle of Gettysburg, Lincoln reaffirms his commitment to achieving freedom for all.
The Original Gettysburg Address
The Original Gettysburg AddressVideo Clip (2:58)
Video Clip (2:58)
Original or facsimile? The original Gettysburg Address bears creases in it it from when Abraham Lincoln placed it in his pocket.
Gettysburg Battle Strategy
Gettysburg Battle StrategyVideo Clip (2:53)
Video Clip (2:53)
In the small Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, 3,000 Union soldiers prepare to face the onslaught of 60,000 advancing Confederate soldiers.
Ben Franklin Sparks Electricity
Ben Franklin Sparks ElectricityVideo Clip (3:58)
Video Clip (3:58)
After retiring from politics age 42, Ben Franklin became an innovator in the field of science through his study of electricity and his invention of the lightning rod.
Ben Franklin the Ladies' Man
Ben Franklin the Ladies' ManVideo Clip (3:17)
Video Clip (3:17)
Ben Franklin had a passion for smart, beautiful women, but does the truth support the myth about his prolific romantic appetite?
America DividedVideo Clip (3:54)
Video Clip (3:54)
America is at the brink of a Civil War as cotton spreads west and threatens to expand slavery into new territories.
Benjamin Franklin's Secret Societies
Benjamin Franklin's Secret SocietiesVideo Clip (3:16)
Video Clip (3:16)
While in England, Ben Franklin may have been a member of a secret underground society known as the Hellfire Club.
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.
Jefferson Writes the Declaration of Independence
Jefferson Writes the Declaration of IndependenceVideo Clip (2:37)
Video Clip (2:37)
At 33, Thomas Jefferson wrote the original draft of America's historic Declaration of Independence, which was approved by the Continental Congress after several days of debate and revisions on July 4, 1776.
Gettysburg GhostsVideo Clip (2:03)
Video Clip (2:03)
In 2001, Tom Underwood shot a video on a battlefield in Gettysburg Pennsylvania that captured what he claimed were ghosts crossing the battlefield.
Andrew Carnegie and the Homestead Strike
Andrew Carnegie and the Homestead StrikeVideo Clip (4:45)
Video Clip (4:45)
The famed Industrialist breaks the back of organized workers.
Centralia, PennsylvaniaVideo Clip (2:20)
Video Clip (2:20)
A massive coal fire has been burning in Centralia, Pennsylvania since the early 1960s. In the 1980s, the town was abandoned for safety reasons. See what happens to a town after 25 years in this Life After People video.
American RevolutionVideo Clip (3:20)
Video Clip (3:20)
Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.
Ben Franklin's Pen Name
Ben Franklin's Pen NameVideo Clip (2:38)
Video Clip (2:38)
While an apprentice in his older brother's print shop, Ben Franklin authored a column under the pen name Silence Dogood.
Last Charge at Gettysburg
Last Charge at GettysburgVideo Clip (3:06)
Video Clip (3:06)
General Robert E. Lee disregards a basic principle of military strategy and orders his forces to attack Union troops perched on the high ground at Cemetary Ridge. Known as Pickett's Charge, the maneuver was a disastrous end to the three-day battle.
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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: 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: Union Military Leaders
Civil War: Union Military Leaders(13 Photos)
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.
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.
American Revolution: Continental Congress
American Revolution: Continental Congress(11 Photos)
Discover the accomplishments of the First and Second Constitutional Congresses, and learn about the major players behind such documents as the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Paris.
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United Airlines Flight 93 Crashes in Pennsylvania
United Airlines Flight 93 Crashes in PennsylvaniaAudio Clip (0:34)
Audio Clip (0:34)
At 10:07 a.m. the F.A.A.'s Herndon Center reports seeing smoke rising from the ground where United Airlines Flight 93 was last seen near Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The plane had been heading toward Washington when the passengers aboard overtook the hijackers and tried to gain control of the aircraft.
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