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Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at America's Civil War magazine!
11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at America's Civil War magazine!

'A Town Destroyed by the Civil War'During the Civil War, Confederate and Union troops surged back and forth through Cent...
11/23/2022

'A Town Destroyed by the Civil War'

During the Civil War, Confederate and Union troops surged back and forth through Centreville, Virginia, especially during the time surrounding the battles that took place in nearby Manassas on July 21, 1861, and Aug. 28-30, 1862. The town’s central location between Leesburg, Middleburg, Warrenton, Washington, Georgetown and Alexandria made it a prime spot for massive fortifications and winter camps built by Confederate forces at the start of the conflict and later used by Union soldiers throughout the war, as pictured here.

According to the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Civil War effectively destroyed the Centreville community and surrounding areas. “If ever a village was killed in war it was Centreville,” the Washington Sunday Star said in 1914.

It wasn’t until the early 1900s that the town began to resume growth as a residential area. The D.C. suburb’s population exploded in the late 1990s and early 2000s due to the influx of technology companies in the Northern Virginia area. According to the 2010 census, Centreville had a population of 71,135 — a far cry from the war-torn town the Star called “stagnant and drowsy” in 1914.

#OnThisDay in 1863, the Battle of Chattanooga begins, ending three days later, and after several engagements, with a Uni...
11/23/2022
Battle Of Chattanooga

#OnThisDay in 1863, the Battle of Chattanooga begins, ending three days later, and after several engagements, with a Union victory.

Facts about the Battle Of Chattanooga, an 1863 Civil War Battle of the American Civil War Battle Of Chattanooga Facts Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee,

Often overlooked among surviving Civil War accounts are the records of the Grand Army of the Republic. Their veteran “wa...
11/23/2022
This Union Veterans' Post Was Shut for 50 Years. Turns Out, It's an Amazing Repository of Civil War Stories.

Often overlooked among surviving Civil War accounts are the records of the Grand Army of the Republic. Their veteran “war sketches” offer unique glimpse of soldier experience during and after the conflict.

Often overlooked among surviving Civil War accounts are the records of the Grand Army of the Republic. Their veteran “war sketches” offer unique glimpse of soldier experience during and after the conflict

Alexander Augusta swam forward against waves of racism to become the United State Army's first Black surgeon during the ...
11/23/2022
Meet the U.S. Army's First Black Surgeon: Alexander Augusta

Alexander Augusta swam forward against waves of racism to become the United State Army's first Black surgeon during the Civil War.

Alexander Augusta swam forward against waves of racism to become the United State Army's first Black surgeon during the Civil War

11/22/2022

#OnThisDay in 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Seven months earlier, on April 7, 1#OnThisDaysted Antietam National Battlefield. View some footage of his visit here, courtesy of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

War was still a bloodless adventure when these rare camp images were taken.
11/22/2022
Pomp and Circumstance in the Civil War

War was still a bloodless adventure when these rare camp images were taken.

War was still a bloodless adventure when these rare camp images were taken

A tense interaction between green soldiers and agitated civilians results in murder.
11/20/2022
'Shoot and be Damned’

A tense interaction between green soldiers and agitated civilians results in murder.

A tense interaction between green soldiers and agitated civilians results in murder

Faced with a rampant prostitution crisis in Nashville, the U.S. Army tried a bold social experiment.
11/20/2022
Regulating Venus

Faced with a rampant prostitution crisis in Nashville, the U.S. Army tried a bold social experiment.

Faced with a rampant prostitution crisis in Nashville, the U.S. Army tried a bold social experiment

#OnThisDay in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivers his famed Gettysburg Address.
11/19/2022
The Gettysburg Address

#OnThisDay in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivers his famed Gettysburg Address.

The full text of the Gettysburg Address, delivered by President Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery.

‘How I Love the Old Flag’This CDV is one of a series of portraits. In December 1863, Colonel George Hanks of the 18th In...
11/16/2022

‘How I Love the Old Flag’

This CDV is one of a series of portraits. In December 1863, Colonel George Hanks of the 18th Infantry, Corps d’Afrique, accompanied eight emancipated slaves from New Orleans to New York and Philadelphia to visit photographic studios as part of a publicity campaign promoted by Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks of the Department of the Gulf, and by the Freedman’s Relief Association of New York.

The campaign’s purpose was to raise money to educate former slaves in Louisiana, a state still partially held by the Confederacy. One group portrait, several cartes-de-visite of pairs of the students, and numerous portraits of each student were made. The emancipated slaves were also photographed with props to imply that the subjects shared the viewers' values, for example, this one of a young Caucasian-looking girl adoring the American flag. The group photo was also published as a woodcut in Harper’s Weekly in January 1864 and was accompanied by the biographies of the eight emancipated slaves.

Rebecca Huger, pictured here, was 11 years old and, according to the write up in Harper’s, “was a slave in her father’s house, the special attendant of a girl a little older than herself. To all appearance she is perfectly white. Her complexion, hair, and features show not the slightest trace of negro blood. In the few months during which she has been at school she has learned to read well, and writes as neatly as most children of her age. Her mother and grandmother live in New Orleans, where they support themselves comfortably by their own labor....”

Photo: Melissa A. Winn Collection

#OnThisDay in 1864, Union General Sherman and his army begin their March to the Sea.
11/16/2022
Sherman's March To The Sea

#OnThisDay in 1864, Union General Sherman and his army begin their March to the Sea.

Facts, information and articles about Sherman's March To The Sea during the Civil War.

Often overlooked among surviving Civil War accounts are the records of the Grand Army of the Republic. Their veteran “wa...
11/16/2022
This Union Veterans' Post Was Shut for 50 Years. Turns Out, It's an Amazing Repository of Civil War Stories.

Often overlooked among surviving Civil War accounts are the records of the Grand Army of the Republic. Their veteran “war sketches” offer unique glimpse of soldier experience during and after the conflict.

Often overlooked among surviving Civil War accounts are the records of the Grand Army of the Republic. Their veteran “war sketches” offer unique glimpse of soldier experience during and after the conflict

Alexander Augusta swam forward against waves of racism to become the United State Army's first Black surgeon during the ...
11/16/2022
Meet the U.S. Army's First Black Surgeon: Alexander Augusta

Alexander Augusta swam forward against waves of racism to become the United State Army's first Black surgeon during the Civil War.

Alexander Augusta swam forward against waves of racism to become the United State Army's first Black surgeon during the Civil War

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The Port Republic Foundry lies next to Bradburn Park both are rich in history and provide significant access to the beautiful South River. While you are visiting check out the Port Republic Museum and our friends at America's Civil War Magazine for more exciting history on this area.
George Armstrong Custer was known for his flamboyant behavior, but he was also known for his love of dogs. He had many during the Civil War, such as this one he was photographed with in camp. One of the first documented dogs Custer and his wife, Libbie, owned was named Byron, an English Greyhound he acquired while they were stationed in Hempstead, Texas, post-Civil War. “We had a superb greyhound called Byron, that was devoted to the General, and after a successful chase it was rewarded with many a demonstration of affection,” Libbie wrote about the dog. “The tribute that a woman pays to beauty in any form, I gave to Byron, but I never cared much for him.” Special thanks to America's Civil War Magazine for this article, and to The Library of Congress for the photograph. —— For more: pasadenacwrt.org Email: [email protected]
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Reel .... experience counts, short interview with Richard Talton
Part 3
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Initially planned these as a 3 part Reel but they lasted longer than planned. Here is part 1.
Dangers around the gun. The glove with chicken breast inside demonstrates what would happen if your hand was over the vent hole when the cannon went off. The piece of chicken has a quarter sized hole all the way through it while the glovr melted.
Great demo of the damage black powder can inflict on various materials artillerymen use.
Reel: America’s Civil War magazine, where you get more bang for your buck. Feel free to cutout dead time between statement and firing. Maybe use an ACW logo on reel
Interview with Cameron Wilcox at Basic Artillery School by the Loyal Train of Artillery at Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site. Wilcox attended the Antietam living history event two weeks ago.
There are over a dozen #civilwartrails sites in the region which are associated with the 1864 Valley campaigns! This upcoming issue of America's Civil War Magazine offers our pro-tip for visiting area.
https://youtu.be/fdAGFue15m8 Today marks the day Lincoln was shot in this chair as the Civil War concluded
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