Histories written about the nation's greatest crisis focus on Lincoln and the military campaigns. But an intriguing group of characters in Congress also played a major role, advising and prodding the President.
Only hours after being sworn in, Lincoln faced the most momentous decision in presidential history
With five major exploring expeditions west of the Mississippi, John C. Frémont redefined the country — with the help of his wife’s promotional skills.
Tears ran down the cheeks of Abraham Lincoln when he heard the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” sung in Congress by a chaplain who had survived a Confederate prison. It would become the most famous literary production of the Civil War.
The first significant Union victory in the Civil War is now honored at one of the newest National Monuments. It was a battle too often ignored by historians and the public.
His experiences in the Civil War shaped the mind of one of our greatest jurists.
John Nicolay and John Hay were Lincoln’s two closest aides in the White House, and helped to craft the image of the President we have today.
Working closely with President Lincoln, Secretary of War Stanton was indefatigable in laboring to win the Civil War. But his abruptness could sometimes be counterproductive.
We celebrate one of America's greatest historians with an anthology of his writing.
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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After Fort Sumter fell, a secessionist mob in Baltimore rioted and blocked the passage of Federal troops to Washington, D.C
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