He told Lincoln he was better than any other officer on the field at Bull Run and got the Army’s top job. He built a beaten force into a proud one and stole a march on Robert E. Lee with it. He was twenty-four hours away from winning the Civil War. Then he fell apart.
They were the first black men to fight in the Civil War. They were the first to serve alongside whites. And they were the first to die.
Once the South was beaten, Eastern and Western
troops of the Union army resented each other so violently that some feared for the survival of the
victorious government. Then the tension
disappeared in one happy stroke that gave the
United States its grandest pageant—and General
Sherman the proudest moment of his life.
Lee. Grant. Jackson. Sherman. Thomas. Yes, George Henry Thomas belongs in that company. The trouble is that he and Grant never really got along.
Original documents tell the story of a Civil War steamboat captains sorrowful cruise with the most destructive cargo of all
THE WAY I SEE IT
Would the great fighter come over for the Union? Italian freedom and lead troops Lincoln hoped so
AN AMERICAN HERITAGE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT
Edited and with an introduction
So spoke the Union general a few minutes after he was shot in the crowded lobby of a hotel in Louisville. His killer, a fellow general and subordinate, never regretted the deed—and never paid for it
Surprised and almost overwhelmed, he stubbornly refused to admit defeat. His cool conduct saved his army and his job
The draft riots of 1863 turned a great city into a living hell.
At Fort Wagner the Negro soldier was asked to prove the worth of the “powerful black hand”