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Civil War

Warfare History Network is your best source for military history online. This is where we bring you our coverage on all aspects of the American Civil War—from the first shots fired at Fort Sumter to Antietam to the surrender of Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. In addition to substantial military coverage, we also examine the political climate of the 1860s and how the war influenced civilian life in the North and South. A trove of Civil War photos, maps, and color illustrations complement our written contributions from a team of established writers, including William Welsh, Pedro Garcia, and acclaimed author-historian Roy Morris Jr.

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The Worst Civil War Generals and Commanders

During the American Civil War, there were nearly 900 officers in non-militia service who were appointed to become generals. Here, William Welsh shares his list of the worst Civil War generals and commanders.   More »

The Worst Civil War Generals and Commanders

The Crime At Pickett’s Mill

Embarrassed by the recent setback at New Hope Church, Union General Sherman ordered an ill-advised attack on entrenched confederate positions.   More »

The Crime At Pickett’s Mill

Sherman’s March to the Sea

Union General William T. Sherman and his army cut loose from Atlanta in November 1864 and began cutting a swath of destruction across Georgia.   More »

Sherman’s March to the Sea

Stalemate at Seven Pines

With Richmond in the distance, Union General George B. McClellan divided his army in two. Confederate General Joseph Johnston struck immediately.   More »

Stalemate at Seven Pines


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Wunderwaffe: The Nazi Wonder Weapons

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German light and heavy armored cars enabled scouts to gather vital intelligence for panzer units.

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During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.

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