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Civil War Stories

Explore the stories of those who fought in, protested against, and lived through the Civil War. There are countless accounts of slaves fleeing the South via the Underground Railroad, as well as those who aided them and those who pursued them. There are also plenty of biographies of soldiers and military officials who fought, including Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and Benjamin Grierson; not to mention the many contributions of President Abraham Lincoln.

For that brief, but impactful moment in history, the United States was split in two. These books look at what led up to the war, how it happened, and what rebuilding looked like—and continues to look like.

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What Is Juneteenth and Why Is It Important?

Discover the cultural celebration behind the historic anniversary.

The Battle of Fort Sumter Ignited the Civil War

When peace talks failed, this federal property tipped our divided nation into its bloodiest conflict.

Grant and Twain: How Two American Icons Relived the War in Literature

The Confederate deserter and the victorious Union general shared their reminisces with each other and the country.

The 5 Stupidest Losses Of The American Civil War

Confederates and Union troops alike made flawed decisions with fatal consequences.

Why This Civil War Vet Marched Across England With the U.S. Flag

Gilbert Bates toured the South and England on foot in Union uniform, flag in hand.

19 Essential Civil War Books

Explore the history of America's deadliest conflict with gripping fiction and nonfiction.

10 Civil War Battles That Shaped America's Bloodiest Conflict

From 1861 to 1865, these battles determined the fate of the United States.

9 Best Civil War Movies

These gripping films illuminate one of American history's darkest chapters.

Ulysses S. Grant: The Man Who Secured the Union’s Victory in the Civil War

Grant Moves South explores the legendary general’s pivotal successes and military strategies.