The Union desperately needed an extraordinary warship to counter the ironclad the Confederates were building
WAR WAS DAYS AWAY, A UNION STRONGHOLD WAS THREATENED, AND THROUGH A FOG OF RUMOR, DOUBT, CONTRADICTORY ORDERS, AND OUTRIGHT LIES THE ARMY AND NAVY SET OUT TO HELP
Branded a traitor by the government he once served, John C. Breckinridge ran a perilous race for freedom rather than risk capture by the North
Captain Semmes was spoiling for a fight—and Winslow of the U.S.S. Kearsarge was waiting for him, just off Cherbourg
The black laborers on John Williams’ plantation never seemed to leave or complain. It took some digging to find out why
Year by year the ranks of the G.A.R. grew thinner —but until the last old soldier was gone, Decoration Day in a New England town was a moving memorial to “the War”
AN AMERICAN HERITAGE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT
Edited and with an introduction
The Union stood in danger of losing an entire army at Chattanooga. Then U. S. Grant arrived, and directed the most dramatic battle of the Civil War
Verdicts Of History: III -- Even his abolitionist friends thought his attack on Harpers Ferry insane, but the old Kansas raider sensed that his death would ignite the nation’s conscience.
A choice between life and honor is a fearful one for any man. Here is the unforgettable story of how it was made by a twenty-one-year-old Confederate private.
Concerned lest history
overlook their triumphs, veterans of the Army of the Cumberland had them writ large -- on a canvas five hundred feet long.
of the Cumberland had them writ large—on a canvas
five hundred feet long
A Union veteran talks of life in a prison camp: it was bad, yet there were times one could recall happily
The first modern war correspondent won a nickname, much Northern ill will, and a lasting reputation out of his account of a famous battle
His shrewd handling of the Radical Republican bid for power at the end of 1862 established him as the unquestioned leader of the Union
On the flaming Kansas-Missouri border the name of Quantrill struck terror in men’s hearts. He was a cruel and ruthless guerrilla who burned, robbed, and killed without mercy; but legend made of him a hero dashing and bold
Was the old South solidly for slavery and secession? An eminent historian disputes a long-cherished view of that region’s history
Flags flew and champagne flowed when the Czar’s ships anchored in New York Harbor. Fifty years later we learned the reason for their surprise visit
Surprised and almost overwhelmed, he stubbornly refused to admit defeat. His cool conduct saved his army and his job