Guest Post -Roxanne Porter
Although our record keeping abilities in the late 1800s wasn't what it is today, we can still generate death toll statistics about various battles. As we've had more than 150 years of experience gathering evidence to support claims of specific battles during the Civil War, a composition of the bloodiest battles can be created.
1. Battle of Gettysburg - In July of 1863, the largest battle in North American history took place leaving more than 50,000 dead and more than 10,000 missing. More than 160,000 men took to the battle field for three days with General Robert E. Lee losing more than a third of his army.
2. Seven Days Campaign - At the end of June in 1862, the upstart General Robert E. Lee defended the Southern city of Richmond from an advancing Union army. Leaving more than 35,000 men dead in the span of a week consisting of six battles, (Read more..............)
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Considered by many to be one of the greatest US presidents of all time, Abraham Lincoln is a leader who will always be remembered for his courage, strength, and perseverance--traits which no doubt carried the country through a very trying time in US history.
The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln rose from a childhood of poverty to become a great leader--a true testament to his strong character and undying determination. If you'd like to know more about this remarkable man, check out these 10 interesting facts about the late, great Abraham Lincoln.
Abraham Lincoln was born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks Lincoln on February 12, 1809. At the time of his birth, his family lived in a tiny, log home which consisted of only (Read more..............)
Creating an accurate Civil War reenactment requires a great deal of planning and dedication by those taking part in it. From the props and costumes to the historical facts and scenes, a Civil War reenactment is definitely something that takes some time to put together. If you are thinking about creating a Civil War reenactment, the following tips can help you get started.
1. Know Your Stuff
In order to create an accurate and successful Civil War reenactment, you must know the history and facts surrounding the war, or at least of the battle you wish to reenact. To gain this knowledge, you will need to research the Civil War. You may wish to read books that have been written on the war or look in encyclopedias. You want the sources you research to be factual so your reenactment is as accurate as possible.
2. Decide on a Date and Location
Once you feel confident in your knowledge of the Civil War or a particular battle, you will need to pick a date and location for your reenactment. Many Civil War reenactments take place (Read more..............)
From the attack on Fort Sumter in 1861 to the day the last shot was fired in 1865, the Civil War deeply divided a nation. Today, the Civil War continues to hold a unique fascination among historians and collectors alike.
Collecting Civil War artifacts and memorabilia has been a passion among avid Civil War buffs for many years. Here are ten tips to find Civil War memorabilia, whether you are avid collector looking to add to your stash or just starting your collection.
One good way to find Civil War items is through online auctions such as eBay or by going to actual auctions of Civil War collections. You want to make sure you get a certificate of authenticity when purchasing a Civil War era item at auction. This gives you grounds to return the item if it turns out not to be the real thing.
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Although many films have been created about the Civil War, there are some that definitely stand out from the rest. If you are interested in watching some great movies based on the Civil War, be sure to check out the following list.
1. Gods and Generals
Starring Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, and Stephen Lang, this 2003 film is definitely a great and well-known Civil War movie. The plot is based on the story of Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, the war hero who led the Confederacy during a period of the Civil War. This film is actually a prequel to the film Gettysburg, and highlights the events that led up to the famous Civil War battle.
2. Gone With the Wind
This classic 1939 movie, which stars Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, tells the epic tale of a wild Southern love affair that takes place during the Civil War. This movie is the winner of 10 Academy Awards, and should be seen by anyone who is interested in Civil War-era America.
James Stewart stars in this great Civil War movie, which was released in 1965. It takes place in Virginia and tells the tale (Read more..............)
The American Civil War, fought between 1861 and 1865, cost the nation over 600,000 lives; more than all other American wars combined. Hundreds of thousands more were wounded as decades of mounting tensions between the southern states and their northern counterparts exploded into violence and the secession of the 11 southern states that became the Confederate States of America. Brother fought brother in a bloody conflagration, the echoes of which are heard to this very day.
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The Civil War is sometimes called the first “modern” war in history, and some of the weapons used were precursors to the more sophisticated ones that would be used in future conflicts. Technological advances brought improvements in both tactics and weaponry from the muzzle-loaders and bayonet designed for close-range, hand-to-hand combat, to the Gatling Guns, which later evolved into machine guns.
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When most people think of Civil War generals, they think of aging men with flowing white beards. But that was not the case at all. Most Civil War generals were quite young. For example, just check out the photograph of General Custer below. This photograph was taken while he was a student at West Point. Custer graduated in 1861, and at the age of 23 he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the Union army.
Could you imagine such a young man serving as a general in the U.S. military today?
It would be unthinkable.
The following is more information about General Custer from Wikipedia....
George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was a United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the Indian Wars. Raised in Michigan and Ohio, Custer was admitted to West Point in 1858, where he graduated last in his class. However, with the outbreak of the Civil War, all potential officers were needed, and Custer was called to serve with the Union (Read more..............)
Most people don't realize this, but Abraham Lincoln was very involved in the military decisions during the Civil War. In fact, he may have been the most "hands on" president with the military that we have ever seen. In the photograph posted below, you can see President Lincoln visiting the battlefield shortly after Union forces defeated Confederate troops at Antietam, Maryland. It is striking how much taller Lincoln is compared to everyone else. General George McClellan is also in this picture. Lincoln was reportedly upset that McClellan had not aggressively pursued the retreating Confederate forces. Just a few weeks after this picture was taken, Lincoln relieved General McClellan of his command.