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Civil War Today on iPad
About the App
One hundred fifty years after the American Civil War began, HISTORY™ presents The Civil War Today, a groundbreaking app created exclusively for the iPad. Explore every phase and aspect of America’s bloodiest conflict with daily updates that unveil the events in real time over the course of four years.
This Day in Civil War History
Get daily Civil War updates from April 12, 2011 through April 26, 2015.
Quote of the Day
Read compelling quotations from the men and women who lived through the war.
In the Headlines
Explore every page of historic newspapers from each day of the conflict.
Day in the Life
Through their letters and personal diaries, follow the lives of 15 people who experienced the Civil War firsthand.
Check out a stunning collection of original images from the period in high-resolution.
By the Numbers
Get a unique spin on the war through surprising facts and figures.
Follow in the soldiers’ footsteps with historic battlefield maps.
Measure the true cost of the war through the lives that were lost.
North South Quiz
Test your Civil War knowledge with the daily North vs. South quiz.
Game Center Integration
Earn Civil War era appropriate achievements for your engagement with the application.
Help and Support
This App is powered by: Bottle Rocket, born to make great apps.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 Tech
Civil War TechVideo Clip (2:17)
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The Civil War saw the rise of major technological advances in warfare.
Abraham LincolnVideo Clip (1:11)
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Abraham Lincoln has always been recognized as one of the greatest leaders in American history. Photographs of the man known as "Honest Abe" reinforce his reputation for having both an upright character and a serious personality. But did you know that Lincoln had a humorous side and loved to tell jokes?
The Path to Civil War
The Path to Civil WarVideo Clip (2:25)
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The election of Abraham Lincoln was a tipping point on the path to Civil War. In the wake of Southern secession, would the new president defend the U.S. forts in rebel territory?
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?
Impact of the Civil War
Impact of the Civil WarVideo Clip (3:27)
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The Civil War was a long and gruesome conflict that claimed more than 620,000 lives and had lasting effects on military and civilian survivors.
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.
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 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.
Photo Galleries (5)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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