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USCT Soldiers at Appomattox

Thousands of United States Colored Troops made the march to Appomattox, but no identified photograph of any of them has been found. Until now.
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Encounter: Robert E. Lee Faces Congress

The senator began his interrogation with an innocuous question: “Where is your present residence?” “Lexington, Virginia,” the witness replied. “How long have you resided at...
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In the Valley of Secrets

Virginia Mennonites helped Unionists escape the Confederacy on an underground railroad. Now their modern-day kin reveal the long hidden story
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Copperhead – Movie Review

In "Copperhead," his third film about the Civil War, director Ron Maxwell eschews the battlefield to create a film that examines the Yankee home front and Northerners who opposed "Mr. Lincoln's War."
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What Price Victory?

 John Bell Hood’s success at Chickamauga proves costly The Confederacy suffered three staggering military disasters in July 1863. Stunned Southerners struggled to grasp the unthinkable. General...
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Mrs. Lincoln’s Confidante

Snubbed by the Washington elite, the first lady found emotional support in the company of her dressmaker There’s a nighttime scene in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln in which the president tells an...
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Notes from a Mississippi Cave Dweller

As Union forces closed in on Vicksburg, residents took to the hills To escape Union bombardments during the 47-day Siege of Vicksburg, Miss., in 1863, civilians retreated to caves dug into the hillsides...