With his command threatened by allegations of drunkenness, Ulysses S. Grant went on the attack, won two major victories, demanded “Unconditional Surrender”, and nearly split the Confederacy in half.
A largely accidental battle, pitting Robert E. Lee against George B. McClellan, became the single deadliest day in America's history and changed the course of the Civil War.
Notes about the famous historian and American Heritage editor
J.R. Clifford fought his real battles in the courtroom
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The nation's leading authority on the conflict explains why the Civil War still fascinates us
By the end of the Civil War, nearly 200,000 African-Americans had fought for the Union cause and freedom
The Emancipation Proclamation opened the door for Pennsylvania's African-American soldiers
The highly lucrative cotton crop of 1860 emboldened the South to challenge the economic powerhouse of the North
In one momentous decision, Robert E. Lee spared the United States years of divisive violence
Archaeologists in Georgia have found the location of the prison that served as an overflow facility for Andersonville
South Carolina severed ties with the Union not out of concern for states' rights but because of slavery
A tall stranger, told to keep out of the general’s tent, turns out to be Lincoln
Not until the Civil War was about over did the U.S. Navy manage to put a halt to the South’s imports
Would the disastrous Reconstruction era have taken a different course?
How coffee helped win the Civil War
Trying to understand the Civil War’s ugliest incident
One of Lee’s greatest lieutenants is slowly winning his reputation back after losing it for daring to criticize his boss