Today, visitors in Georgia can experience the remarkable legacy of bridges, houses and warships -- the legacy of former slave turned entrepreneur Horace King.
Horace King was born into slavery. He was an outstanding builder and his skills were recognized by many all around the country. He built many important bridges. He served in the Alabama General Assembly for two years. He lived with his family until his death in 1885. The street that he grew up on in Alabama, is now named after him.
Our Battle of Fredericksburg - Gibbon's Advance map focuses on the Union attacks against the Confederate positions on the Slaughter Pen Farm section of the battlefield.
The battle of Fredericksburg was one of the largest and deadliest battles of the Civil War. General Ambrose Burnside marched his troops towards the confederate capital at Richmond. Lee and his troops met them near Fredericksburg. The Union attacked but Lee's troops, with the advantage of entrenches, forced them back. Both sides had heavy losses but the confederates were the victors of the battle. Burnside, the Union general, was very upset and resigned.
Kate Cumming was a Confederate nurse in the Civil War. It was hard being a nurse because you had to deal with so many suffering people and some tragic stories. She was one of the many nurses who worked in a field hospital, a hospital set up near battlefields.
Even though the war is dangerous and depressing and many have lost their lives, they continue to fight for what they believe in. There are dead bodies everywhere but they are so brave and they fight on because they are so passionate about their beliefs.
Wesley Olin Connor's diary documents his travels through the Southeast, the realities of war, his imprisonment and his eventual release and return to a South that was forever changed.
Wesley Olin Connor taught at a school for deaf children in Georgia. The school closed during the Civil War so he decided to enlist. During the time in which he served, he discovered the harsh realities of war. He was imprisoned in 1865 and became a prisoner of war. He was released from prison after the war ended and he then returned to his home in the south to find that it was changed forever. He went back to teaching at the school for the deaf and eventually became the principal.
The Civil War Trust's Battle of Appomattox Court House Map shows troop movements and preservation progress for this 1865 Civil War battle in Virginia.
On April 7, 1865 Ulysses S Grant asked General Robert E Lee to surrender. At first Lee believed that they should fight on but realized after his army was completely surrounded by the union, that it was over. On April 9, 18675 Lee and Grant met at Appomattox Courthouse. They talked for a while and Lee finally surrendered. The deadliest war in American history had finally ended and the Union prevailed.
The most important song on the Union side during the war. This is dedicated to my great-grandfather, Cade Suran, who served in the 13th Indiana.
The Battle Hymn of the Republic was one of the most popular songs in the Union during the Civil War. The lyrics are written by Julia Ward Howe. She traveled with her husband Samuel to inspect a Union camp outside of Washington DC. While there she heard the very catchy melody of a song called "John Brown's Body". She went home and decided to write new lyrics for the melody. This new song was then known as the Battle hymn of the Republic. It is a religious song, constantly saying, "Our God is marching on…..His day is marching on……His truth is marching on". This song shows the Unions struggles against the evils of the confederate and slavery.
Battle of Gettysburg map showing the fight for the Devil's Den and Little Round Top on July 2, 1863
This map shows the battle of Gettysburg. This was a huge battle during the Civil War. The battle started on July 1 and ended on July 2, 1863. The Union was the eventual victors of the battle, but both sides suffered many casualties. This fight crushed the Confederates hope of receiving help from the British or the French. This was one of the most decisive battle of the Civil War.
PA Civil War Private Henry Keiser Diatry of Gettysburg, PA. Free Pennsylvania Civil War rosters, histories, draft lists, biographies, letters, diaries, & Medal of Honor Recipients.
Henry Keiser was a soldier during the time of the Civil War. He was one of the many brave people who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. He describes the feeling of joy that his men felt as they made the enemy retreat but also the sadness of the losses that they were facing and the struggles of the war.
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