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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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Military Music of the Civil War

Music, from strident command signals to the serenading lilt of regimental bands in camp was an integral part of a soldier’s life during the Civil War.   More »

Military Music of the Civil War

The Fort Pillow Incident

When Nathan Bedford Forrest’s angry horsemen surrounded Fort Pillow, the defendants refusal to surrender forced him to make costly frontal attack.   More »

The Fort Pillow Incident


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A Sergeant in the 12th Armored Division

A Sergeant in the 12th Armored Division

From the Colmar to the Rhine, Sergeant Carl Erickson fought World War II as a tank driver with the 12th Armored Division.

Battle of Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman’s Futile Assault

Battle of Kennesaw Mountain: Sherman’s Futile Assault

Pressured to pry General Joseph E. Johnston from Kennesaw Mountain in June 1864, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman suffered a bloody repulse.

The USO Turns 75: American soldiers’ “Home Away From Home”

The USO Turns 75: American soldiers’ “Home Away From Home”

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

Lloyd Fredendall: The General Who Failed at the Kasserine Pass

Lloyd Fredendall: The General Who Failed at the Kasserine Pass

Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.

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