Also known as the Barbary Coast War or the Tripolitan War, it pitted the United States against pirates from the nations known collectively as the Barbary States. This painting by Dennis Malone Carter depicts Stephen Decatur (bottom right) bording a Tripolitan gunboat during battle in August, 1804 (Wikimedia).
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Fought during the summer of 1863, the Gettysburg Campaign culminated with the Union Army of the Potomac’s victory over the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3.
Battle of Brandy Station
The Battle of Brandy Station, also known as the Battle of Fleetwood Hill, fought June 9, 1863, in Culpeper County, Virginia, was the largest cavalry engagement of the Civil War.
Battle of Gettysburg
Often referred to as the turning point in the American Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg was fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, from July 1 to July 3, 1863.
Battle of Manassas Gap
The Battle of Manassas, also known as the Battle of Wapping Heights, was fought on July 23, 1863, in Warren County, Virginia. It was the last engagement of the Gettysburg Campaign.
Civil War Features
First Battle of Bull Run
Brigadier General Irvin McDowell commanded Union forces during the First Battle of Bull Run.
Battle of Gettysburg
A decisive battle of the Civil War, in which the Army of Northern Virginia suffered a devastating loss that turned the tide of the Eastern Theater.
Battle of Antietam
The first major battle fought on Northern soil and the single bloodiest day of battle in the Civil War.
Exploring the Founders from the Revolution to the Constitution
We have written biographies on many of the men and women who influenced the ideas and actions that lead to the Colonies declaring their independence from England in 1776 and culminated in the ratification of the Constitution in 1788. Some of our most popular articles are listed below.
American Revolution Features
Battle of Lexington
Battle of Bunker Hill
Battle of Trenton
Winter at Valley Forge
Selected biographies of people who influenced the ideals that swept through the Colonies and fueled the American Revolution.
The letters and memoirs of Abigail Adams are important historical documents. She was the wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams.
Signed the Declaration
Rush was a prominent physician in Colonial America. He was a proponent of women’s rights and abolition of slavery. Rush signed the Declaration of Independence and served in the Continental Army.