Tag: Fort Sumter

Located in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, Fort Sumter is famous as the target of the first shots of the Civil War, fired on April 12, 1861, by Confederates artillery that ringed the harbor. After 34 hours of intermittent bombardment, the Union garrison of the fort, under the command of Major Robert Anderson, surrendered.

A Murderous Order at Culp’s Hill

Experienced regimental commanders in the woods near Culp’s Hill took one look at their new…

Bushrod Johnson: Yankee Quaker, Confederate General

Bushrod Johnson found fame as a Confederate general in the Civil War. An unlikely destiny…

The Frémont Emancipation Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln clashed publicly with Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont over his hasty emancipation proclamation…

The Civil War in Black and White

Although the craft of photography was still in its infancy, battlefield photographers managed to make…

American Civil War Timeline: the Road to War

This Civil War Timeline by William Welsh highlights the key events of 1861 and the…

The Memoirs of Herbert Carlton

A teenager runs off to sea in 1864 and discovers Union Navy life during the…

Union Balloon Corps

Thaddeus Lowe and his Union Army Balloon Corps pioneered aerial reconnaissance over some of the…

Civil War Intelligence

The Bureau of Military Information was the most sophisticated intelligence-gathering system created during the American…

Bound For Glory: Poet-General William H. Lytle

From a wealthy Ohio family, William Haines Lytle was destined for fame in politics and…

General George S. Patton, Sr.: Civil War Veteran

General George S. Patton, Sr., was a Virginia Confederate soldier and an inspiration to his…