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The True Story of a Confederate Soldier at the Union 2nd Corps Hospital at Gettysburg

Battle of Gettysburg, Union 2nd Corps Hospital, Rock Creek

The Union 2nd Corps Hospital, Rock Creek, Battle of Gettysburg. Image Source: Civil War Talk. During the Civil War, field hospitals routinely treated soldiers for battle wounds, including enemy soldiers. Throughout the war, advancements were made in caring for the wounded but there were very few hospitals. It was common for homes, churches, and other … Read more

James G. Blunt, the Civil War General who died from a soft brain

General James. G. Blunt, USA, Civil War

General James G. Blunt. Image Source: Library of Congress. James G. Blunt was a physician, lawyer, and abolitionist who rose to the rank of Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War. In fact, Blunt was the only man from Kansas to achieve that rank in the Union Army. Prior to the war, … Read more

General Ulysses S. Grant, USA — Civil War Snapshot

Ulysses S Grant, at Cold Harbor, Portrait

General Ulysses S. Grant. Image Source: Wikipedia. General Ulysses S. Grant is widely credited for leading the Union Army to victory in the American Civil War. Although he was accused of poor conduct early in the war, he was able to rise above the criticism and led the army to key victories in the Western … Read more

General Daniel Sickles loses his leg at Gettysburg but earns the Medal of Honor

General Daniel Sickles, USA, Civil War

General Daniel Sickles. Image Source: Library of Congress. General Daniel Sickles (1819–1914) rose to the rank of Major General in the United States Army during the Civil War (1861—1865), despite his lack of military training. He is most well-known for disobeying orders on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, which led to the … Read more

General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, CSA — Civil War Snapshot

Thomas Stonewall Jackson, Illustration

General Stonewall Jackson. Image Source: Library of Congress. General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson (1824–1863) rose to the rank of Lieutenant General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War (1861—1865). Widely regarded as a brilliant battlefield tactician, he played a major role in early Confederate victories in the Eastern Theater of the war. However, his life … Read more

Why was Samuel Adams important?

Samuel Adams, Painting, Copley

Samuel Adams. Image Source: Wikipedia. Samuel Adams was one of the most important figures in the American Revolution. Adams rose to prominence when the Sugar Act was passed. Soon after, he became an important leader of the Patriot Cause and helped lead Bostonians — then colonists from all over America — on the path to … Read more

President Jefferson Davis, CSA — Civil War Snapshot

Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy

President Jefferson Davis. Image Source: Wikimedia. Jefferson Davis (1808–1889) was elected President of the Confederate States of America on November 6, 1861. He led the Confederacy throughout the duration of the Civil War (1861–1865). Davis previously served as Secretary of War for the United States under President Franklin Pierce from 1853 to 1857. As Commander-in-Chief, … Read more

General Jubal Early, CSA — Civil War Snapshot

Jubal Early, General

General Jubal Early. Image Source: Virginia Museum of History and Culture. General Jubal Early (1816–1894) rose to the rank of Lieutenant General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War (1861—1865). Virginia seceded from the Union on April 17, 1861, Jubal Early remained loyal to his home state and he accepted a commission as a … Read more

General Benjamin Butler, USA — Civil War Snapshot

General Benjamin F Butler, Portrait

General Benjamin Butler. Image Source: Library of Congress. General Benjamin Butler (1818–1893) rose to the rank of Major General in the United States Army during the Civil War (1861—1865). Butler is most well-known for his ruthless tenure as Military Governor of New Orleans in 1862. When the Civil War started, Benjamin Butler used his political … Read more

General Ambrose Burnside, USA — Civil War Snapshot

Ambrose Burnside, Civil War General

General Ambrose Burnside. Image Source: Library of Congress. General Ambrose Burnside (1824–1881) rose to the rank of Major General in the United States Army during the Civil War (1861—1865). Burnside led Union forces to important victories on the East Coast early in the war. However, he was controversial and fell out of favor when his … Read more

Robert E. Lee’s First Offensive During the Civil War was a Failure

Robert E Lee, 1864, Portrait

Robert E. Lee. Image Source: Wikipedia. Robert E. Lee is one of the most polarizing figures of the American Civil War. For some, he was a traitor to his country, but to others, he was protecting his family, friends, and neighbors from a government that was attacking its own people. When the Civil War started … Read more

General George Custer, USA — Civil War Snapshot

George Armstrong Custer, Portrait, Civil War General

General George Custer. Image Source: Library of Congress. General George Custer (1839–1876) rose to the rank of Major General in the United States Army during the Civil War (1861—1865). Custer graduated from West Point two months after the war started and quickly rose in the ranks. For his efforts at the Battle of Aldie (June … Read more

General Don Carlos Buell, USA — Civil War Snapshot

Don Carlos Buell, Portrait, Civil War General

General Don Carlos Buell. Image Source: Library of Congress. General Don Carlos Buell (1818–1898) rose to the rank of Major in the United States Volunteer Army during the Civil War (1861—1865). Buell helped turn the tide in favor of the Union at the Battle of Shiloh (April 6–7, 1862). However, he fell out of favor … Read more

General P.G.T. Beauregard, CSA — Civil War Snapshot

PGT Beauregard, Civil War General

General Pierre Gustave-Toutant Beauregard. Image Source: Wikipedia. General Pierre Gustave-Toutant Beauregard (1818–1893) rose to the rank of General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War (1861—1865). He was in charge of Confederate forces that fired the first shots of the Civil War at the Battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861. P.G.T. Beauregard commanded … Read more

General James Longstreet, CSA — Civil War Snapshot

Battle of Gettysburg, Longstreet Giving Orders

This illustration depicts James Longstreet giving orders at Gettysburg. Image Source: Library of Congress. General James Longstreet (1821–1904) rose to the rank of Lieutenant General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War (1861—1865). He was one of Robert E. Lee’s most trusted officers, and Lee called him his “Old War Horse.” When the Civil … Read more

Who did Robert E. Lee Call “My Old War Horse” During the Civil War?

James Longstreet, Portrait, Confederate General

James Longstreet. Image Source: Wikimedia. When the Civil War started, James Longstreet was serving as a paymaster for the United States Army in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He resigned his commission on June 1, 1861, and returned to Alabama where he offered his services to the Confederacy. He received a commission as a Brigadier General in … Read more

Henry Ward Beecher’s Reverse Slave Auctions

Henry Ward Beecher, Abolitionist, Preacher

Henry Ward Beecher. Image Source: Library of Congress. Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) was a prominent pastor in the Congregationalist Church, social reformer, and speaker in the 19th century. He was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, the son of the famous Presbyterian minister Lyman Beecher and the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Tom’s … Read more

Hear the “Rebel Yell,” Described by Samuel Gibbs French

General Samuel Gibbs French, Civil War, Tintype

Colorized tintype of General Samuel Gibbs French. Samuel Gibbs French was a native of New Jersey who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. In 1901, French published his memoirs in an effort to describe “some of the events of the Mexican and Confederate wars…” In his recollection of the Operations Around Marietta … Read more