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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 Grand Review of 1865

After weeks of mourning the death of Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s capital hosted a two-day Grand Review of its victorious armies.   More »

The Grand Review of 1865

Black Thursday at Sayler’s Creek

With Confederate forces in full retreat, alert Union forces charged through a gap in the Rebel column, capturing 8,000 soldiers at Sayler’s Creek.

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Black Thursday at Sayler’s Creek

End Game at Appomattox

In April 1865, the Army of Northern Virginia tried to escape U.S. Grant’s Federal armies, but found itself trapped at Appomattox Court House.   More »

End Game at Appomattox

The Disastrous Red River Campaign

Politician-general Nathaniel Bank’s grand design to capture Shreveport floundered in the mud of the treacherous Red River in the spring of 1864.   More »

The Disastrous Red River Campaign


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“Love” Company in the Vognes Mountains

“Love” Company in the Vognes Mountains

The author, a rifleman in “Love” Company, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, recalls brutal winter combat on the French-German border.

The Death of Michael Wittmann, Panzer Ace

The Death of Michael Wittmann, Panzer Ace

Legendary tank commander Michael Wittmann met his end in a fiery ambush on August 8, 1944.

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

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