Thomas Van Winkle, president of the board of directors for the Central Virginia Battlefields Trust, has been working for battlefield preservation since 1996.
Political polarization turned bloody as Northerners and Southerners fought over slavery.
Northerners believed that creating a capitalist economy was the first priority and felt, naively, that racial and political problems would solve themselves.
Joseph McGill began sleeping in slave cabins to draw attention to endangered buildings, but his efforts evolved into a platform for dialogue about slavery.
Ron Chernow’s new biography, "Grant" upsets a century and half of historiography, illuminating Ulysses S. Grant as a flawed but just man who, despite his drinking problem, won the Civil War and, though scandals marred his presidency, should be remembered as one of our major chief executives.
Anthony Comstock, notorious anti-obscenity campaigner, served in the Union Army during the Civil War.