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.
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.
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 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?
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 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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Civil War Counter-Terrorism
Civil War Counter-TerrorismVideo Clip (3:26)
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Federal Agent Felix Stidger infiltrated a Confederate terrorist organization called The Sons of Liberty and revealed terror plots against strategic Union targets.
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural
Abraham Lincoln's Second InauguralVideo Clip (2:11)
Video Clip (2:11)
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.
Lincoln the Commander in Chief
Lincoln the Commander in ChiefVideo Clip (4:56)
Video Clip (4:56)
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 Emancipation Proclamation
The Emancipation ProclamationVideo Clip (2:14)
Video Clip (2:14)
Issued after the Union victory at Antietam, the Emancipation Proclamation had both moral and strategic implications for the ongoing Civil War.
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Harriet Tubman and the Underground RailroadVideo Clip (3:07)
Video Clip (3:07)
Born a slave, Harriett Tubman became a famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, leading hundreds of slaves to freedom.
The Abolitionist Movement
The Abolitionist MovementVideo Clip (3:26)
Video Clip (3:26)
In the decades before the Civil War, anti-slavery sentiment sparked an abolitionist movement that employed risky and radical tactics to bring an end to slavery.
The Aftermath of the Lincoln Assassination
The Aftermath of the Lincoln AssassinationVideo Clip (2:02)
Video Clip (2:02)
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 Diary of Lincoln's Assassin
The Diary of Lincoln's AssassinVideo Clip (2:24)
Video Clip (2:24)
As a fugitive on the run, John Wilkes Booth recorded his version of the Lincoln assassination in a diary, but some of his secrets are lost to history.
The Lincoln Assassination Plot
The Lincoln Assassination PlotVideo Clip (4:04)
Video Clip (4:04)
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 (4)
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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.
Civil War: Artifacts
Civil War: Artifacts(9 Photos)
Explore Civil War artifacts, from medical kits and personal hygiene items, to carbines and currency.
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