Discussing Some Of The Major Causes Of Civil War

Whichever way you look at it, there are more negative rather than positive effects of war. This is especially true if it’s a civil war we’re talking about. Most countries have gotten involved in this kind of unfortunate situation. There are various reasons why civil wars have occurred and historians have made it a point to record them. This way, the future generations will be able to learn from the… Read More »

Discover Weeksville – A Pre-Civil War African American Community in Brooklyn, New York

It lay undisclosed, silent and surrounded by ever-growing urban development for the better part of the 20th Century. Weeksville, a pre-Civil War, “free and intentional 19th Century African American community in Brooklyn, New York is rising like the City of Atlantis nearly 200 years after its founding and is one of the few pre-civil war African American sites of historic preservation in the United States. The Weeksville Heritage Center, on… Read More »

This Week in the Civil War: Dec 31, 1862-Jan 6, 1863

Wednesday, December 31.  In Tennessee, the Battle of Stone’s River (or Murfreesboro) began, as Federal General William Rosecrans and Confederate General Braxton Bragg resolved to attack each other. Both commanders planned to move left and crush the enemy right, but Bragg moved first and put the Federals on the defensive. After several Confederate assaults, the Federals withdrew to the Murfreesboro-Nashville Pike, pinned against Stone’s River. Both sides inflicted heavy casualties,… Read More »


Lieutenant General James Longstreet’s Confederate corps arrived at Culpeper Courthouse, south of the Rappahannock and south of Major General George G. Meade’s Federal forces. Meade’s III Corps moved into the Shenandoah Valley to Front Royal to find the Confederates gone. Meade now began concentrating his forces at Warrenton, Virginia. Confederate Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan’s troops were forced to skirmish at Washington and Athens, Ohio. Other skirmishes took place in… Read More »

Soldiers Costume – A Great Choice For Halloween

A soldiers costume is a wonderful choice, if you are searching for a great halloween costume. An amazing selection of soldiers costumes ranging from ancient roman times, up through the centuries, to the present day, can be found online. Every period in history is represented so you have a great array of outfits to choose from. A few among your choices are a roman legionnaires costume, a medieval soldiers outfit,… Read More »

The Move Towards Emancipation

Most Republicans had become convinced by 1862 that the war against a slaveholders’ rebellion must become a war against slavery itself, and they put increasing pressure on Lincoln to proclaim an emancipation policy. This would have comported with Lincoln’s personal convictions, but as president he felt compelled to balance these convictions against the danger of alienating half of the Union constituency. By the summer of 1862, however, it was clear… Read More »

Who was the Common Soldier in the American Civil War?

The average soldier was a white, native-born, single, protestant, male farmer between about 18 and 38 years of age. He stood about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 145 pounds. The tallest recorded being Captain David Van Buskirk (pictured right) of the 27th Indiana Infantry who stood 6’10″ and 1/2 inches tall. Union soldiers were known as “Billy Yank” while their Confederate counterparts were called “Johnny Reb.” The… Read More »

Replica Civil War Swords for Collectors and Movie Stage Props

Finding a replica Civil War Sword is easier than ever for history buffs and weapon collectors. With the help of online websites, finding Civil War Guns or even Civil War Swords can now be done from the comfort of the home. Although the war itself may have ended with the loss of a lot of American life, it stands out as one of the biggest historic moments for the country.… Read More »

A Cutting-Edge Second Look at the Battle of Gettysburg

The technological limits of surveillance during the American Civil War dictated that commanders often decided where to deploy their troops based largely on what they could see. We know that Confederate general Robert E. Lee was virtually blind at Gettysburg, as his formerly brilliant cavalry leader J.E.B. Stuart failed to inform him of Federal positions, and Confederate scouts’ reconnaissance was poor. The Confederates’ field positions, generally on lower ground than… Read More »