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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.
National Civil War Student Challenge
National Civil War Student ChallengeInteractive
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Infographic
Vietnam Veterans Memorial: InfographicInteractive
Civil War 150
Civil War 150Interactive
Civil War Today on iPad
Civil War Today on iPadInteractive
Native Americans Aid War Effort
Native Americans Aid War EffortVideo Clip (1:00)
Video Clip (1:00)
Native Americans assist U.S. troops in the war effort (circa 1943).
Gulf of Tonkin Incident Escalates War
Gulf of Tonkin Incident Escalates WarVideo Clip (2:25)
Video Clip (2:25)
The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution jump started the Vietnam War. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution was addressed by Lyndon B. Johnson as a joint resolution and was passed by the U.S. Congress on August 7, 1964.
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.
World War II in North Africa
World War II in North AfricaVideo Clip (2:30)
Video Clip (2:30)
Soldiers were met with new challenges on the North African front during World War II.
World War II Soldiers Dig In
World War II Soldiers Dig InVideo Clip (2:50)
Video Clip (2:50)
American soldiers used military-issue shovels for many tasks in World War II.
Amphibious Assaults of World War II
Amphibious Assaults of World War IIVideo Clip (2:16)
Video Clip (2:16)
The landing vehicle tank was essential to the amphibious assaults on D-Day and throughout the Pacific theater.
World War II Tanks
World War II TanksVideo Clip (3:16)
Video Clip (3:16)
Armored tanks provided extra firepower and mobility during World War II.
Nixon's Secret Plan to End the Vietnam War
Nixon's Secret Plan to End the Vietnam WarVideo Clip (3:36)
Video Clip (3:36)
In 1968, Richard Nixon ran on a platform for presidency that included a "secret plan" to end the war in Vietnam.
Korea Vet Recalls War
Korea Vet Recalls WarVideo Clip (3:12)
Video Clip (3:12)
Veteran Sherman Pratt recalls the tough conditions during the Korean War.
World War I: Germans Attack U.S. Navy Boats
World War I: Germans Attack U.S. Navy BoatsVideo Clip (2:31)
Video Clip (2:31)
In this History Rewind video clip, take a step back in time to the beginning of World War 1. The repeated sinking of American ships caused the President to declare war. Watch the historic black and white footage of some of the attacks.
Photo Galleries (10)
Vietnam War: Leaders
Vietnam War: Leaders(15 Photos)
View images of the Presidents, politicians, and military leaders who influenced American involvement in the Vietnam War.
Mexico's War of Independence
Mexico's War of Independence(8 Photos)
September 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of Mexico's War of Independence from Spanish rule, which was launched by Mexican priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.
Civil War: Artifacts
Civil War: Artifacts(9 Photos)
Explore Civil War artifacts, from medical kits and personal hygiene items, to carbines and currency.
World War II: Rest and Relaxation
World War II: Rest and Relaxation(10 Photos)
View photos of soliders from World War II
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: 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.
World War II Pilots and Planes
World War II Pilots and Planes(12 Photos)
View photos of World War II pilots and planes.
Korean War(15 Photos)
On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when communist North Korea invaded South Korea. The United States, fighting under United Nations command, would lose more than 36,000 soldiers in one of the first clashes of the Cold War.
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.
Speeches & Audio (10)
U.S. Goals in World War II
U.S. Goals in World War IIAudio Clip (0:31)
Audio Clip (0:31)
In his speech delivered July 23, 1942, Secretary of State Cordell Hull explains the aims of the United States in World War II.
War Report on B-29 Use
War Report on B-29 UseAudio Clip (2:36)
Audio Clip (2:36)
Brig. Gen. H.S. Hansell delivers a report in June 1944 on American B-29 bomber strikes against Germany and Japan.
Nixon on Vietnam War
Nixon on Vietnam WarAudio Clip (3:34)
Audio Clip (3:34)
On March 26, 1971, President Richard Nixon holds a meeting in the Oval Office with his National Security Council to discuss the war in Vietnam. The meeting is secretly recorded. Among the many topics he raises, Nixon recounts a prior conversation with House majority leader Hale Boggs on setting a date for the final withdrawal of U.S. forces.
Franklin D. Roosevelt on American Progress in World War II
Franklin D. Roosevelt on American Progress in World War IIAudio Clip (1:00)
Audio Clip (1:00)
With the United States now entered into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt uses the occasion of Washington’s birthday to broadcast to the nation on February 23, 1942, an outline of America’s progress in the war.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's War Progress Report
Franklin D. Roosevelt's War Progress ReportAudio Clip (0:57)
Audio Clip (0:57)
In his progress report on World War II on July 28, 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt informs the nation that "the first crack in the Axis has come" as Italian Premier Mussolini falls from power.
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.
Stanley Baldwin on the Impending World War
Stanley Baldwin on the Impending World WarAudio Clip (1:48)
Audio Clip (1:48)
Former British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin visited New York four months prior to the outbreak of World War II to discuss the international situation. He describes the British Empire's diminishing influence as a world power.
Clinton Announces End of Kosovo War
Clinton Announces End of Kosovo WarAudio Clip (1:24)
Audio Clip (1:24)
On June 10, 1999, in an address to the nation, President Bill Clinton announces the withdrawal of Serbian forces from Kosovo. A settlement was reached between NATO and Serbian military commanders to cease hostilities and begin creating a framework for peace.
Clinton Commits the United States to the Kosovo War
Clinton Commits the United States to the Kosovo WarAudio Clip (0:43)
Audio Clip (0:43)
On March 24, 1999, after Serbian leaders refused to discuss peace and instead launched an attack against Kosovo, the United States joined forces with NATO in airstrikes against Serbian forces. In an address to the nation, President Bill Clinton explains why the military action is necessary.
Korean War Progress Report
Korean War Progress ReportAudio Clip (3:57)
Audio Clip (3:57)
Upon his return from the Far East, Supreme Commander of U.N. forces Gen. Matthew Ridgeway addresses a joint session of Congress on April 22, 1952, and recounts stories of Allied bravery on the battlefield.
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