The Civil War

  • The Gettysburg Address

    The Gettysburg Address

    In November of 1863, President Lincoln came to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to dedicate the Gettysburg War Cemetery, the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. As he came to Gettysburg on the train, he wrote a simple speech. This speech was...

  • How the Civil War Was Fought

    How the Civil War Was Fought

    The Civil War killed more men than all other U.S. wars combined – over 600,000 soldiers. New technologies such as the telegram and railway made communication and the delivery of supplies and weapons more efficient. The weapons themselves were more...

  • The Civil War: Facts and Figures

    The Civil War: Facts and Figures

    The Civil War lasted four years. At its end, over 600,000 soldiers were dead. Much of the South lay in ruins. Yet, the Union had been saved and the practice of slavery abolished.

    Fun Facts

  • Civil War Leaders

    Civil War Leaders

    The Civil War was often called the “Brother’s War” because it pitted states, towns, villages, and even families against each other. For example, Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, had three brothers who fought for the Confederacy and were killed.

    Many of the soldiers and officers for both sides had...

  • A Nation at War: The Civil War

    A Nation at War: The Civil War

    Trouble between the North and the South over the issue of slavery had been brewing for over 50 years, but finally exploded in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln was elected President. Seven Southern states left the Union, forming a new country.

    Fort Sumter, a fort controlled by the Union, sat on an island in the Charleston,...

  • Civil War Beginnings

    Civil War Beginnings

    The mid-1800s were a time of intense conflict in the United States. Northerners believed passionately that a free country could not practice slavery. Southerners believed they had a right to decide for themselves what would happen in their...

  • Heading Toward Civil War: The South

    Heading Toward Civil War: The South

    In the years before the Civil War, the Northern states blossomed into thriving industrial areas. Factories produced goods, such as furniture, clothing, and tools, which were shipped to the West, as well as to other countries. The Northern states were...

  • Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass

    “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

    Frederick Douglass became a famous abolitionist. He fought hard to end slavery. He knew what it felt like to be a slave. Frederick Douglass’s mother was a slave. His father...

  • Heading Toward Civil War: The North

    Heading Toward Civil War: The North

    Even before the Revolutionary War, the North and South had cultural and geographical differences. As the years went on, these differences became larger. From the 1820s to the 1850s, bustling cities sprang up in the North. Workers came to these cities to work...