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Civil War-A Soldier's Diary

This site contains the diary, memoirs,photographs,and other memorabilia of an Illinois soldier in the Civil War.
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In a series of letters, diary entries, and memoirs, Private Jefferson Moses describes the daily life of a union soldier. He describes the ration day, where they get their food for the week. He also describes his experience in battle, such as when he is surrounding a fort. He finally describes his weariness and happiness upon arriving in Chicago after the war ends, where he will be taken home.

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Hard Times, Come Again No More

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In the Civil War, many people faced horrors and hardships not seen in their regular lives. The South especially felt the damages of the war, because most of the fighting was there, which destroyed much of the South's infrastructure. Most grew weary of the war and would sing this song while retreating from a battle. 

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The Battle of Hampton Roads Summary & Facts | Civilwar.org

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The Civil War Trust's Battle of Hampton Roads page includes battle maps, history articles, historical facts, recommended books, web links, and more on this 1862 battle of Civil War ironclads in Virginia.
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The Battle of Hampton Roads was an important battle in the Civil War, which featured the first combat between two ironclads: the CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor. While the ships were not the first ironclads, this battle cemented their role in maritime warfare. This battle also became the bloodiest naval battle in the U.S. until Pearl Harbor.

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WGBH American Experience . Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided | PBS

WGBH American Experience . Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided | PBS | Civil War Scoop.it Page | Scoop.it
Primary Resources: A Nurse's Diary
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In these excerpts from the diary of Kate Cumming, she explains the hardships of being a nurse during the Civil War. Kate Cumming was a famous nurse from Mobile, Alabama, known for serving in the Civil War for the Confederates. In the excerpts, she describes the many times she has cared for men who would die soon after. She also describes a priest who is with the troops, who has helped a lot by comforting the suffering and baptizing the dying. She ends by complaining about the male "nurses" who know little about the profession.

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The Battle of Fort Stevens Summary & Facts | Civilwar.org

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Our Battle of Fort Stevens page includes history articles, battle maps, photos, web links, and recommended books for this important 1864 Civil War battle in Washington DC.
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The Battle of Fort Stevens was the only battle in Washington D.C. It occurred on July 11-12, 1864 when Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early approached Washington with his exhausted army. Discovering the fort was manned only by Home Guards, clerks, and convalescent troops, Early decided to attack the next morning. However, during the night, experienced soldiers from the Union VI Corps marched to D.C. to aid in the defenses. When Early attacked, he was forced back by the now-experienced defenders and abandoned any thought of capturing the city.

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Kentucky Civil War: African Americans: slavery and freedom

kentucky civil war: african americans, slavery and freedom
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In two letters written to Margaret Preston, her former slave owner, Jane Giles explains why she ran away. She explains that Margaret Preston accused her of taking some money when Jane was clearly innocent. She says she was accused only because she was black. In the second letter, a close friend of Margaret's writes that Jane has since lost her health and lives in poverty after she escaped. She also says the previous letter was written by someone else, where Jane told him what to say.

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Winslow Homer

The art is the one on the left.

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The Bayonet Charge by Winslow Homer was a famous engraving depicting brutal hand-to-hand combat in one of many such Civil War battles. While most battles were fought with gunfire, sometimes the Confederates and the Union soldiers would get close enough where they would try to stab each other with bayonets. This art shows the brutality and horror of the Civil War.

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The Battle of The Wilderness Summary & Facts | Civilwar.org

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Our Battle of the Wilderness page includes battle maps, history articles, photos, web links, recommended books, and the latest preservation news for the opening battle of Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign.
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The Battle of the Wilderness was the first battle in General Grant's march to Richmond. This battle became the beginning of the six bloodiest weeks in the war. At the onset of the war, Grant had 100,000 troops while Lee had only 60,000. However, by the second day Grant had lost 17,000  men. Lee also lost thousands, but his smaller army was impacted more. The battle ends in a stalemate, but General Grant was able to move his troops south toward Richmond.  

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Life as a Confederate Soldier - Letters of Eli Landers | GACivilWar.org

Life as a Confederate Soldier - Letters of Eli Landers | GACivilWar.org | Civil War Scoop.it Page | Scoop.it
Eli Pinson Landers was nineteen years old when he left his home in Gwinnett County, GA to join the Confederate Army in August of 1861.
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In a series of letters to his mother, Eli Landers discusses the horrors and hardships of a military life. He describes how wonderful it is to serve in the army, but then begins to view the Civil War as a horrible and brutal war. He describes eating next to a grave and being surrounded by sickness and death. He keeps writing to his mother as much as he can until he becomes ill with Typhoid Fever. He eventually died on Friday, October 16th, 1863.

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