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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln of Illinois was the 16th President of the United States. His election in 1860 precipitated the secession of South Carolina from the Union and the onset of the Civil War. Lincoln, a Republican, sought first to preserve the Union during the Civil War and then to end the institution of slavery. He served as president from March 4, 1861, until his death on April 15, 1865, after being shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C., the previous evening.

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One Gallant Rush: Black Soldiers at Fort Wagner

One Gallant Rush: Black Soldiers at Fort Wagner

The African Americans of the 54th Massachusetts stood up to the guns of Charleston’s Fort Wagner in a bloody assault in 1863. In so doing, they proved themselves worthy Union soldiers.

Behind  Enemy Lines: Escape at the Bulge

Behind Enemy Lines: Escape at the Bulge

An American infantry sergeant survived three days behind enemy lines during the opening chapter of the Battle of the Bulge.

Could the United States Have Gone to War With France Over Mexico?

Could the United States Have Gone to War With France Over Mexico?

Continued French meddling in Mexico almost led to a post-Civil War confrontation with the United States.

Action off Santa Cruz: Last Stand of the USS Hornet

Action off Santa Cruz: Last Stand of the USS Hornet

A tactical Japanese naval victory off Santa Cruz actually hastened the defeat of the empire.

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