Introduction Emory Upton’s improvised charge at Spotsylvania on May 10, 1864 changed not only the course of the Civil War but also how warfare is conducted. The customary infantry assault of the era used a wide battle line advancing slowly, firing at the enemy as it moved forward. The traditional two line attack, known as... Continue Reading →
Introduction The life of Charles Smedley was one of bravery and valor that, like many other lives during the Civil War, met a tragic end. Smedley, while serving in the war, left us with a wealth of material in the form of diaries. These diary entries have given us a first-hand account of the history... Continue Reading →
Intro - Sullivan Ballou Letter "Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again." Sullivan Ballou, prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War, was 32 years old. Sullivan Ballou worked in Providence, Rhode Island as an attorney. Sullivan Ballou had also served as... Continue Reading →
This article analyzes what really happened with John Wilkes Booth's plan to kill President Lincoln? Did he survive and live on? This article answers these questions and much more.
When the Civil War began, the Union instituted a blockade of Southern ports. This crippled the Confederacy and left them attempting to find ways around the blockade. Learn about how the Confederacy fueled their war machine and got around the blockade.
Lincoln and Mary Todd, a love story Lincoln and Mary Todd have a complicated love story. The pairs could not have more different backgrounds. Lincoln came from a poor, farming family while Mary Todd came from a wealthy, powerful, slave-owning family. On the surface, these two seemed like an odd match (even physically they were... Continue Reading →
The 11th OVI was one of several regiments during the American Civil War to bring a dog around with them to battle. This is the first person story of T.L. Stewart of the regiments dog Curly.
Introduction When many imagine the American Civil War, they tend to think of the blue and gray clashing on the battlefields of Gettysburg or Antietam. Many imagine soldiers of either Anglo or African descent. However, many do not conjure up soldiers who were descendants of Spanish ancestry fighting in the American Civil War. This part... Continue Reading →