Despite leading the Confederate attack that started the American Civil War, P. G. T. Beauregard later became an advocate for black civil rights and suffrage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P._…
Descendants of the Hatfield-McCoy Feud, a feud between two families in the late-1800’s during the American Civil War, came together on the popular game show Family Feud in 1979. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat…
After the American Civil War, former Confederate and Union officers were hired by the Egyptian military to help defeat the Ethiopian Empire during the Ethiopian-Egyptian War. However, the war ended in a military disaster for Egypt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eth…
There were a few "sponsored" units in the American Civil War. The Chicago Board of Trade Independent Light Artillery, one such unit, was formed in August 1862, and swiftly followed later that month by the competing Chicago Mercantile Independent Light Battery Artillery en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Today I learned of Heros von Borcke, a Prussian cavalry officer who served as a Lt. Colonel in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. He was shot in the neck at Gettysburg and died from sepsis as a result of the wound 32 years later in 1895. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
In 1993 American Girl released their first black doll, Addy Walker, who escaped slavery with her mother during the Civil War. slate.com/culture/2016/09…
The northernmost battle of the American Civil War happened in St. Albans, Vermont. 21 Confederates arrived via Canada and checked into local hotels over the course of a week, before staging three bank robberies, stealing $3.4 million dollars (inflation-adjusted) and fleeing back to Canada en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
Nobody was killed during the 34 hour siege of Fort Sumter that sparked the Civil War. The only casualties occurred when a pile of cartridges ignited, killing two privates and wounding several others during a 100-gun salute to the American flag after Major Anderson's surrender. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Diarrhea was the leading cause of death among soldiers in the American Civil War. And soldiers had a code of honor against shooting at someone who was pooping. academic.oup.com/jhmas/ar…
The last Confederate killed in the American Civil War, Charles A.L. Lamar, also happened to have sponsored the second-last ship bringing an illegal cargo of enslaved Africans to the U.S. - the ship was later seized by the Union navy and converted into a gunboat, the USS Wanderer en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of John L. Burns, a veteran of the War of 1812, The Mexican-American War, and the American Civil War. He fought in the Battle of Gettysburg at the age of 69 and was a skilled marksman, even shooting a confederate marksman off his horse. After, he became a national hero and even met Lincoln. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of the Confederados, American Confederates who emigrated to Brazil after the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Some historians consider the American Revolution to actually have been more of a civil war between pro-British and anti-British settlers. earlyamericanists.com/201…
Over 100,000 confederate soldiers deserted their posts during the course of the American Civil War. georgiaencyclopedia.org/a…
At the first major battle of the American Civil War, the wealthy elite of nearby Washington expected an easy Union victory. So much so that they brought their families to picnic and watch the battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
After losing the American Civil War several southerners emigrated to Brazil. These people, and their decendants, came to be known as Confederados and are mainly concentrated in the towns of Americana and Santa Barbera D'Oeste in Sao Paulo state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
The United States held a Presidential election in 1864 during the American civil war wikipedia.org/wiki/1864_U…
Today I learned of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, an African-American Wall Street broker who was a millionaire during the 1800s. His work was so successful that even during the Civil War and shortly after the Draft Riots, he let it be known he was willing to receive cigars and champagne in exchange for his services. theatlantic.com/business/…
After the American Civil War, a photographer used "spirit photography" to take pictures of loved ones with the ones they had lost, including Mary Todd Lincoln, were actually a crafty use of photographic negatives. historynet.com/ghost-mr-m…
Today I learned about Nathan "Nearest" Green, an African American who was born into slavery and emancipated after Civil War, who was the master distiller who taught distilling techniques to Jack Daniel of the Jack Daniel Tennessee Whiskey. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Clement Vallandigham ran for Governor of Ohio in 1863 and won the Democratic Party nomination, despite living in Canada after being found guilty of supporting the Confederate States during the American Civil War, but lost the general election en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Today I learned of Medgar Evers, an American civil rights activist in Mississippi, the state's field secretary for the NAACP, and a World War II veteran who had served in the United States Army and was assassinated in 1963 by a member of the "White Citizens' Council" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
The origin of the term β€œGrandfather Clause” was first used to refer to statutes put in place after the Civil War by seven Southern states in an attempt to block African Americans from voting while exempting white voters from taking literacy tests required to vote. investopedia.com/terms/g/…
The Republican Party was the Anti-Slave-Party in the American Civil War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
10,000 Southerners fled the US for a small city in Brazil after the American Confederacy lost the Civil War in May 1865 history.com/news/confeder…
General George G. Meade had only been in charge of the Union Army for 3 Days before the Battle of Gettysburg began. The subsequent fight was not only the bloodiest battle in the American Civil War, but considered a turning point by many Historians history.com/topics/americ…
Today I learned about Winston County, Alabama, which during the American Civil War attempted to cede from the Confederacy and become a free republic, as the lack of any plantations and resulting rarity of slaveholders in the region gave the locals little reason to sympathize with the rebel cause en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Today I learned about Sarah Rosetta Wakeman who was a woman that served in the Union Army During the American Civil War. Serving under a fake name, she was given the position of prison guard. During here time at the prison one of the female inmates there was doing time for the same crime she was committing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Today I learned about the Confederados, a large group of (American) southern immigrants who fled to Brazil after the Civil War and established a still existing town called Americana there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
More than 618,000 Americans died in the US Civil War. From 1861 to 1865, it is estimated that 620,000 to 750,000 soldiers died en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
The Russian Empire we’re in a position to go to war with Britain if they intervened in the US Civil War. This Russo-American β€˜alliance’ may have saved the Union. voltairenet.org/article16…
There is a subgenre of Irish Folk Songs concerning the American Civil War. Around 200k Irishmen fought in the war, 90% of which fought for the Union. irishtimes.com/news/irish…
Vanderbilt University, founded in 1873, is named in honor of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided the school its initial $1-million endowment and hoped that his gift and the work of the university would help to heal the sectional wounds inflicted on the American nation by the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van…
Many battles in the American Civil War commonly have two different names depending on if you are in the South or North. The North usually named battles after natural features (bodies of water or hills) while the South named battles after man-made landmarks (nearby towns). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
An American called Gilbert Bates marched across England after the civil war carrying an American flag on a bet of 1000 dollars that he wouldnt be insulted along the way. He couldnt get to London because of the crowds who supported him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil…
In 1988, President Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act, which gave $20,000 reparations to every Japanese-American (and their descendants) who got sent to internment camps in World War 2 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
As a child, president Woodrow Wilson grew up in the South during the American Civil War. His oldest memory was of him playing in his yard at the age of three, when he heard a passerby announce in disgust that Abraham Lincoln had been elected and that a war was coming. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woo…
Today I learned about Gen Peter Hains who served in the Civil War, the Spanish American war and WWI as a military engineer. He also designed the layout of the Panama Canal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Today I learned of Maximilian 1, a 32 year old Austrian noble who was made Emperor of Mexico by France during the American Civil War. britannica.com/biography/…
The oldest surviving monument to the American Civil War is inscribed in German. It commemorates the men of the 32nd Indiana volunteers, also known as the "1st German regiment", who gave their lives for the Union in 1861. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/32n…
During the American Civil War coffee became so scarce and expensive in the South that okra seeds were used as a replacement. Apparently the taste is almost identical to coffee. blogs.lib.unc.edu/civilwa…
During the American Civil War the Union troops came up with their own version of Dixieland called Union Dixie telling the story of how they felt about their southern counterparts. flashlyrics.com/lyrics/te…
During the American Civil War, Southern Unionists and Quakers formed a secret society known as the Red Strings. Red Strings aided deserters, spies, escaped prisoners, and passed intelligence on Confederate forces to Union authorities. After the war, they actively opposed the KKK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
At Least 29 Canadians Were Awarded The Medal of Honor For Serving in the American Civil War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
The American Civil War killed or wounded approximately 2% of the US population at the time en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Today I learned about Henry Berry Lowrie. Lowrie was born to a mixed-race family during the civil war, and in 1865, saw his family executed for owning weapons. He led a gang of Indians, African-Americans, and white men, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. He disappeared at 27, and was never caught. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The American Civil War was the deadliest armed conflict in the country's history, resulting in 750,000 combined civilian and military casualties, which at the time (1860) represented 3% of the total population. By comparison, WW2 resulted in 405,399 casualties. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Today I learned about Calixa LavallΓ©e a Canadian who fought for the Union in the American Civil War. He later went on to compose the music for β€œO Canada” the Canadian national anthem. 33-55,000 Canadians fought for the Union in the Civil War. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
-The Choctaw fought in the American Civil War on the side of the Confederacy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho…
Twice as many soldiers died from disease than battle injuries during the American Civil War. Dysentery and chronic diarrhea were so prevalent that there was an honor code among soldiers – you couldn’t shoot a man while he was pooping. thecut.com/2016/06/diarrh…

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