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Feeling the Past at Gettysburg

The presence of the past can be felt at the Gettysburg battlefield, where so many Civil War soldiers laid down their lives.
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‘A Stupid Old Useless Fool’

William Nelson Pendleton was far more effective behind a pulpit than he was as Robert E. Lee's chief of artillery in the Army of Northern Virginia.
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Killers in Green Coats

Hiram Berdan's green-coated marksmen of the 1st United States Sharp Shooters made things miserable for the Confederates around Yorktown, Virginia.
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Letter From Civil War Times – February 2008

Failed Expectation The Civil War dashed many expectations, and the image on this page mocks two such instances: Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan and the ironclad Galena. “Little Mac” was the West...
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USS Galena: De-evolution of a Warship

The ironclad USS Galena failed to live up to its "impervious" reputation and ended its career as a wooden-walled warship, but it saved lives at the Battle of Mobile Bay.
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Letter From Civil War Times – January 2008

What brought about the defeat of the Confederacy? For many years the prevailing theory was fairly simple: The Confederacy lost by a force of arms, beaten down on battlefields such as Shiloh?(see P. 30) by...