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William Hardee, the West Point Commandant who fought for the Confederacy

General William J Hardee, Civil War

William J. Hardee. Image Source: Library of Congress. William Hardee was an officer in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He is most well-known for his contributions to the development of military tactics and strategy. Hardee graduated from the United States Military Academy and served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War. He … Read more

Robert S. Garnett, the First General Killed During the Civil War

General Robert S Garnett, Civil War

Robert S. Garnett. Image Source: Wikipedia. Robert S. Garnett Jr. was a General in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and is notable for being the first General officer killed in the war. Garnett graduated from the United States Military Academy and served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican-American War. At the outbreak … Read more

John B. Floyd, the Secretary of War who ran away from Fort Donelson

General John B Floyd, Secretary of War, Civil War

Ulysses S. Grant Moves on Fort Donelson On February 6, 1862, Union forces under the command of Ulysses S. Grant captured Fort Henry in Tennessee. After the surrender, Grant turned his attention to Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River. From February 12 to 13, he marched 25,000 men 12 miles and positioned them in a … Read more

Who was George Crittenden, the Kentucky Librarian who fought for the Confederacy?

General George B Crittenden, Civil War

George B. Crittenden. Image Source: Wikipedia. George Bibb Crittenden was born into a prominent Kentucky family and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1832. Afterward, he served in the U.S. Army during the Black Hawk War and the Mexican-American War. During the Civil War, Crittenden sided with the South and served as a … Read more

Who were the Buffalo Soldiers?

Buffalo Soldiers, 9th Infantry, Spanish American War

Co. I, 9th United States Volunteer Infantry fought in the Spanish-American War. Image Source: Library of Congress. The “Buffalo Soldiers” were a group of African American soldiers who served in the United States Army following the Civil War. In 1866, Congress established six all-black regiments to help rebuild the country after the Civil War and … Read more

Prince Hall — Revolutionary Mason and Abolitionist in Boston, Massachusetts

Prince Hall, Illustration

This illustration depicts the likeness of Prince Hall. Image Source: Wikipedia. Prince Hall (ca. 1735–1807) was a prominent leader in the free black community in Boston before and after the American Revolutionary War. He is most well-known for establishing the first African Freemason lodge in America — African Lodge #1 — in 1775 and petitioning … Read more

Braxton Bragg Facts: Five Things to Know About the Worst Confederate General

Braxton Bragg, Portrait

Braxton Bragg. Image Source: Library of Congress. Braxton Bragg was a full general in the Confederate Army who commanded the Army of the Mississippi and the Army of Tennessee. He took part in key battles such as Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga. However, Bragg had an abrasive, combative personality. At one point, some of … Read more

Bacon, Berkeley, and the Burning of Jamestown, Virginia in 1676

Bacon's Rebellion, Burning Jamestown

Nathaniel Bacon and his men burning Jamestown by Alfred R. Waud. Image Source: New York Public Library Digital Collections. On January 22, 1677, Governor William Berkely returned from exile to his home, Green Spring House, outside of Jamestown, Virginia. He issued a proclamation for the members of the House of Burgesses to meet there, instead … Read more

Golden Hill — New York’s First Bloodshed of the American Revolution

Battle of Golden Hill, 1770, Riot, First Bloodshed American Revolution, Painting, Lefferts

Battle of Golden Hill by Charles MacKubin Lefferts. Image Source: New-York Historical Society Museum & Library. The Battle of Golden Hill was a significant event in the lead-up to the American Revolution. It occurred on January 19, 1770, in New York City and was a clash between British Redcoats, citizens of New York, and the … Read more

Death of Ned Boone, Daniel Boone’s Brother

Daniel Boone, Portrait, Harding

Portrait of Daniel Boone by Chester Harding. Image Source: National Portrait Gallery. In 1780, Ned Boone, the brother of famous frontiersman Daniel Boone, was ambushed and killed by a group of Shawnees while he and Daniel were returning to Boone’s Station in present-day Fayette County, Kentucky. The Story of the Death of Edward “Ned” Boone … Read more

Daniel Boone Homestead, Birthplace of an American Legend

Daniel Boone, Portrait, Harding

Portrait of Daniel Boone by Chester Harding. Image Source: National Portrait Gallery. Daniel Boone was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania in 1734 to a Quaker family. Over the course of his life, Boone was a hunter, explorer, and soldier. He rose to fame for his exploits as a frontiersman and trailblazer who played an important … Read more

A Quick Look — The Battle of Camden and the Last Ride of Horatio Gates

General Horatio Gates, Portrait, Stuart

Portrait of Horatio Gates by Gilbert Stuart. Image Source: Wikimedia. June 1780. General Benjamin Lincoln has surrendered Charleston to the British commander, General Henry Clinton. For the new nation, the war in the South appears on the brink of being lost. Congress sends General Horatio Gates — the Hero of Saratoga — to replace Lincoln, … Read more

December 6, 1865 — Georgia Casts the Deciding Vote for the 13th Amendment

Abraham Lincoln, Portrait, Gardner

President Abraham Lincoln. Image Source: Wikimedia. In the early days of the Civil War, President Lincoln and United States government officials worked to deprive the Confederate States of America of slave labor, in any way possible. The effort carried on through the entirety of the conflict but transitioned from harming the Confederate war effort to … Read more

Rhode Island Rebels Against the Sugar Act

Stephen Hopkins, Illustration

Rhode Island Governor, Stephen Hopkins. Image Source: New York Public Library Digital Collections. Rhode Island was an early leader in the resistance to British policies, especially the Sugar Act of 1764. As part of its Mercantile System, Great Britain instituted a system of trade laws known as the Navigation Acts. However, merchants in the colonies … Read more

The Wilder Brigade Fights for the Union at Chickamauga

John Wilder, Portrait, Lightning Brigade, Civil War

John T. Wilder. Image Source: Library of Congress. There is some news today — October 19, 2022 — that is relevant to our coverage of the American Civil War here at American History Central. Yesterday, Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene visited the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. The Chickamauga Battlefield is where, in September … Read more

October 19, 1781 — Cornwallis Surrenders at Yorktown, Virginia

British Surrender at Yorktown, Painting

The Battle of Yorktown — also known as the Siege of Yorktown — took place from September 28, 1781, to October 19, 1781, in and around Yorktown, Virginia. It was the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. The British Southern Campaign In the spring of 1780, the British had control of New York … Read more

October 16, 1859 — John Brown’s Raid On Harpers Ferry Begins

John Brown, Abolitionist

Early on Sunday, October 16, 1859, the ardent abolitionist John Brown assembled his small army of 18 recruits for prayers and to deliver marching orders. That evening, Brown launched his grandiose plan to capture the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry and subsequently incite a slave insurrection in Virginia. Brown had a long history of fighting to … Read more