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  • Was the Civil War Actually About Slavery?

    08/30/2012 2:40:56 PM PDT · by PeaRidge · 431 replies
    Salon.com ^ | 8/29/12 | James Oakes
    On 6 November 1860, the six-year-old Republican Party elected its first president. During the tense crisis months that followed – the “secession winter” of 1860–61 – practically all observers believed that Lincoln and the Republicans would begin attacking slavery as soon as they took power. Democrats in the North blamed the Republican Party for the entire sectional crisis. They accused Republicans of plotting to circumvent the Constitutional prohibition against direct federal attacks on slavery. Republicans would instead allegedly try to squeeze slavery to death indirectly, by abolishing it in the territories and in Washington DC, suppressing it in the high seas, and refusing federal...
  • U.S. Civil War Took Bigger Toll Than Previously Estimated

    04/03/2012 11:07:36 PM PDT · by U-238 · 125 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/21/2012 | Science Daily
    The Civil War -- already considered the deadliest conflict in American history -- in fact took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. That's what a new analysis of census data by Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker reveals. Hacker says the war's dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate that's 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in December in the journal Civil War History. "The traditional estimate has become iconic," Hacker says. "It's been quoted for the last hundred years or more. If you go with that total for a...
  • Faces of War - A Library of Congress exhibit reminds us of the lives touched by conflict.

    05/27/2011 2:10:47 PM PDT · by neverdem
    City Journal ^ | 27 May 2011 | Ryan L. Cole
    Surveying Washingtons Civil War hospitals, Walt Whitman remarked how the sight of soldiers unlocked a new world somehow to me, giving closer insights, new things, exploring deeper mines than any yet, showing our humanity. Despite the passage of more than a century2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the inaugural mortar blasts at Fort Sumterthe Civil War and its famous actors continue to captivate. Largely lost to time, however, are the names and faces of those men who so touched Whitman: the ordinary Americans who fought, died, and are buried on the battlefields. The Library of Congresss kick-off of the wars...
  • Was Nathan Bedford Forrest the Best Confederate Cavalry Leader in the West?

    12/09/2007 8:55:00 PM PST · by indcons · 560 replies · 4,955+ views
    Military History Online ^ | 12/09/2007 | Laurence Freiheit
    Had the Civil War not occurred when it did allowing Nathan Bedford Forrest to serve as a cavalry officer, we very likely would not be studying or even reading about him today. Of course the same could be said about Ulysses S. Grant and many other notable Civil War commanders. What separates Forrest from other successful general officers are his accomplishments despite his almost total lack of education or military background and his impoverished upbringing. His rise from private to lieutenant general was clearly earned, not gained through political influence or social standing. His military success are due to virtually...
  • Orson Scott Card's 'Empire' coming to big screen

    11/30/2006 10:26:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies · 838+ views
    Producer Joel Silver's Silver Pictures has optioned Empire, an upcoming book from bestselling sci-fi author Orson Scott Card, for a big-screen adaptation. The novel is currently slated to hit bookshelves on November 28. According to the Card's official Web site, here is the story of Empire: The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone. The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side and militia...
  • Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

    03/05/2006 11:10:47 AM PST · by baseball_fan · 2 replies · 180+ views
    PBS American Experience ^ | 12/03 | Story by Elizabeth Deane & Patricia Garcia Rios
    NARRATOR After ten tumultuous years, Reconstruction died in 1877 in a back-room deal in Washington. The outcome of the presidential election the year before had been bitterly disputed. The two parties came to a secret compromise. Southern Democrats agreed to accept a Republican in the White House. In return, the Republicans agreed to abandon Reconstruction. WALKER The whole Civil War and Reconstruction process had been characterized by a deep ambivalence on the part of the North. And that ambivalence by 1870s, by the late 1870s, has crystallized into, "Let's cut our losses and get out. And the best thing is...
  • "Generals in Bronze," Details Artist James Kelly's Civil War Interviews

    10/23/2005 4:43:13 PM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 20 replies · 831+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/23/05 | NAHAL TOOSI
    The book, "Generals in Bronze," comes out Nov. 1, and is already generating tremendous buzz in the world of Civil War buffs. Late in his life, artist James Edward Kelly tried to publish his memoirs, a book that would have featured his colorful interviews with the many Civil War figures who posed for him. But by then, the Great Depression had set in and publishers told him no one was interested in a war long past. Seven decades after his death, Kelly's dream is being fulfilled. Civil War historian William B. Styple has written a book that chronicles Kelly's life...
  • Artist's Civil War interviews reveal nuanced portraits

    10/23/2005 7:57:44 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 7 replies · 511+ views
    AP ^ | 10/24/5 | Nahal Toosi
    In the final years of his life, New York artist James Edward Kelly tried to publish his memoirs, a book that would have revolved around his colorful interviews with the many Civil War figures who posed for him. But the Great Depression had set in, and publishers told Kelly that no one was interested in a war long past. Seven decades after his death, Kelly's dream is being fulfilled. Civil War historian William B. Styple has published a book that chronicles Kelly's life and includes the artist's interviews with key 19th century figures. Styple embarked on the project two years...
  • Maps of Civil War Battles Going Online

    01/10/2005 5:32:30 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 48 replies · 2,294+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 10, 2005
    WASHINGTON -- Civil War buffs are getting access to a treasure trove of information - thousands of original maps and diagrams of battles and campaigns between 1861 and 1865, all posted on the Internet. The Library of Congress is posting 2,240 maps and charts and 76 atlases and sketchbooks, while The Virginia Historical Society and the Library of Virginia are adding about 600 items. Much of the collection is online now; the rest will be by the spring. The items depict troop positions and movements, as well as fortifications. There also are reconnaissance maps, sketches and coastal charts and theater-of-war...
  • Looking for good sites for Civil War info

    01/15/2004 4:34:20 AM PST · by Dundee · 45 replies · 631+ views
    I've got a few weeks leave coming up and I want to use the time to do some study on the American Civil War. First off, I'm an Aussie so other than a module on tactics and technology in the American Civil War which was part of my officer training (and three months of American history way back in my high school days), my civil war knowledge is thin (well, thin compared to you guys anyway). I've tried to wade through the mass of sites a Google search spat out but frankly there's a hell of a lot of garbage...