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Kathy Mattea - The Vacant Chair - YouTube

Kathy Mattea, Roy Huskey Jr., Jerry Douglas and others perform "The Vacant Chair".
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The Vacant Chair by H.S Washburn and George F. Root is a song about a family who lost a loved one in battle. The family  is remembering Willie who was a member of the Union Army. This song shows that the Civil brought many loses and tore apart families. Although they admire their love one for dying for their country they are still grieving terribly.

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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
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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This account is a letter a Confederate Soldier named Eli Pinson Landers sent to his mother. In the letter Landers speaks of the excitement of fighting for the Southern cause. Although it is exciting Landers discovers the many hardships of war. On his death bed Landers still speaks of his support for the Southern cause.This shows that many people are willing to suffer hardships and risk there lifes in support for their cause.

 

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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This is a narrative of abolitionist Frederick Douglas's years as a slave. In the narrative he speaks about the pain he suffered as a slave through cruel masters and intense labor. It is because of this pain that Douglas became a powerful voice for the abolitionist cause. During the Civil War Douglas shared his advice with Abraham Lincoln and worked as one of his advisors. Towards the end of the war Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation  ending slavery.

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Appomattox Courthouse - April 9, 1865

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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.
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The Battle of Appomattox Court House was fought on April 9,1865. Grant had sent a letter to Lee asking him to surrender. At first Lee believed he must fight on but then once the Union captured a train carrying food to starving troops, he knew it was over.Grant met with Lee at Appomattox Court house to discuss terms.They agreed that Lee's officer could keep their small firearms, and any soldier with a horse could keep it.Grant also gave 25,000 rations to feed Lee's troops.

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Civilians | Middle Tennessee Eyewitnesses to the Civil War

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This is an account of Mrs.W.H. Cherry whose home is being used as a headquarters for Gen. Grant during the battle of Shiloh. The battle of Shiloh occurred in early April 1862 in Corinth, Mississippi near Shiloh Church.On April 6, General Albert Sidney Johnson and P.G.T. Beauregard led Confederate forces in a surprise attack on the Union army.The battle lasted two days and resulted in 23,000 casualties.

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Sullivan Ballou Letter

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Letter from Major Sullivan Ballou to his wife in Rhode Island a week before the battle of Bull Run
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This account is a letter that Major Sullivan Ballou , a member of the Union Army, sent to his wife Sarah. In the letter Ballou tells his wife that he may soon die in battle. He tells her that if he were to die not to mourn his loss for he would be doing it for his country. He says that he is aware of how strongly American Civilization depends on triumph of government. This letter shows that many of the soldiers cared so much for the rejoining of the  country that they fall on the battelfeild for their country if necesary.

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American Civil War, Battle Photograph by Photo Researchers - American Civil War, Battle Fine Art Prints and Posters for Sale

American Civil War, Battle Photograph by Photo Researchers - American Civil War, Battle Fine Art Prints and Posters for Sale | civil war | Scoop.it
American Civil War, Battle Photograph by Photo Researchers - American Civil War, Battle Fine Art Prints and Posters for Sale
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The painting above depicts the battle of Gettysburg. This battle occurred on July 1863 in Pennsylvania.The Confederates entered Gettysburg originally looking for supplies but were met by the Union Army. They fought for 4 days resulting in nearly 50,000 casualties. On the second day Confederates fired nearly 140 cannons at the Union.Then  General George Pickett led an attack on the Union at Cemetery Ridge known today as Pickettes Charge.Gettysburg ended the Confederates hope of gaining help from Britain and France

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The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House Summary & Facts | Civilwar.org

The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House Summary & Facts | Civilwar.org | civil war | Scoop.it
Battle of Spotsylvania Court House page includes history articles, photo galleries, recommended books, and more on this 1864 Civil War battle in Virginia.
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The battle of Spotslyvania courthouse was fought on My 8-21 1864.This battle consisted of a series of fights fought in front of the courthouse. On may 12-13 the Union captured nearlt half of Lee's soldiers.Confederates continued to fight back for nearly 20 hours. On May 19, a confederate attempt resulted in severe casualties including two Union Army generals. On May 21 Grant disengaged and continued towards Richmond.

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Fredericksburg - Meade and Gibbon Advance - December 13, 1862

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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.
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The Battle of Freedericksburg was one of the largest and deadliest battles of the Civil War. This battle was fought on December 11-15 in 1862. Robert E. Lee moved his army into Virgina which encouraged General Ambrose Burnside to march his troops to Richmond. Lee intercepted Burnside's troops and attacked Burnside suffered heavy loses which caused him to resign.

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