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The Naval War of the Civil War

An aspect of the Civil War that few know about is the naval war. Learn how battles occurred on American Rivers, gulfs, shorelines, and even as far away as Alaska. Background  The Union Navy and its Strategy   At the start of the war, the U. S. Navy only had about...
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The Overland Campaign

It’s 1864. Lincoln is re-elected, and Sherman’s March to the Sea obliterated the Confederacy’s industrial base. But work remains for General Grant. He must contend with his greatest foe, Robert E. Lee. Now that Grant was directing the operations of...
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The Battle of Atlanta

In the fall of 1864, the Union Army now had full momentum against the Confederacy, pushing deeper into the South than ever before. General Sherman overwhelmed forces led by John Bell Hood. With the fall of Atlanta, Lincoln nearly assured his re-election in 1864....
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Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson (1824-1863)

Thomas Stonewall Jackson was an orphan. His father died when he was two, after having frittered away his money on cards and failed investments, which forced the family to sell their home. Jackson’s mother, known for her good looks and high character, died when he...
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Confederate General A.P. Hill (1825-1865)

“We will whip the damned hounds yet.” — AP Hill If George Thomas was the best Union general you’ve probably never heard of, A. P. Hill was the best Confederate general you’ve probably never heard of. Gallant “Little Powell” was very...
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Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest: (1821-1877)

When asked to name the greatest soldier of the war, Robert E. Lee replied, “A man I have never seen, sir. His name is Forrest.” Nathan Bedford Forrest was certainly an extraordinary man, a Herculean hero of the American wilderness who has blotted his copybook amongst...
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Commanding General Ulysses S. Grant: (1822-1885)

“My family is American, and has been for generations, in all its branches, direct and collateral.” So begin Ulysses S. Grant’s memoirs, and from that beginning, one already gets a good impression of the man, a man who is a prototypical American type: direct,...
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Union General George H. Thomas: (1816-1870)

George H. Thomas was fifteen years old when the blood-stained, drunken followers of Nat Turner raided his family’s farm. His mother, a widow, had heard they were coming and fled with her two daughters. The renegade slaves left a trail of murder behind them, and it...
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