Civil War

Students at a school in Nigeria.

A Militant Group Is Fighting to Keep Nigerian Students From Education

Islamic extremists from the group Boko Haram have kidnapped 200 girls from a boarding school

Tear gas being used on protesters in Caracas in February.

Here's a Six-Minute Explainer for the Turmoil Currently Underway in Venezuela

The 2014 protests have affected not just political activists but ordinary citizens, too

Troops in Crimea.

U.N.: Kidnappings, Torture, Propaganda Preceded Crimea's Secession Vote

The conditions around Crimea's secession vote were not clean, says a draft U.N. report

Anti-government protests in Maidan Square, Kiev, earlier in the year.

After Crimea, Donetsk May Be the Next Region to Leave Ukraine

Pro-Russian protesters took control of government buildings in three Ukrainian provinces over the weekend

George Washington standing at Mount Vernon and an angel with the American flag. Addressed to Mr. S.H. Haggy, Etna, Licking Co., Ohio.

Civil War Envelopes Featuring the Star-Spangled Banner

Supporters of the Union and the Confederacy alike used envelopes like these to advance political and social issues

Comrades now, veterans in gray and blue shake hands at the 1913 Gettysburg reunion, much of the old animosity healed after a half century of peace.

The Last Civil War Veterans Who Lived to Be Over 100… Or Did They?

As America prepared to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Civil War, two centenarians told their tales -- only one was telling the truth


Why the Smithsonian Just Can’t Quit Studying the Civil War

150 years later, the war is still in focus

A Cutting-Edge Second Look at the Battle of Gettysburg

New technology has given us the chance to re-examine how the Civil War battle was won and lost

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Gettysburg Artifacts From the Smithsonian Collections

150 years after the battle, the Battle of Gettysburg still looms large over the American imagination

The "rectal acorn"

Seven Obscure Facts You Didn’t Know About the Civil War

Amid the vast literature of the Civil War, it's easy to lose sight of some of the stranger facts, coincidences and quirks of character

In a video clip from the 1930s, old Confederate soldiers step up to a microphone and let loose with the howling yelp that was once known as the fearsome "Rebel yell."

Civil War Veterans Come Alive in Audio and Video Recordings

Deep in the collections of the Library of Congress are ghostly images and voices of Union and Confederate soldiers


A Reenactment of Civil War Era Reconnaissance Ballooning

See history retold at the Air and Space Museum this weekend and meet Abraham Lincoln and the balloonist Thaddeus Lowe

"We expect a fight every moment," a Confederate private reported from Virginia, where New York's 8th militia, pictured, camped.

June 1861: Anticipating the Onslaught of the Civil War

The "Races at Philippi" and Virginia is split in two and more from what happened in the Civil War in June 1861

A new Folkways album is one of many offerings for the war sesquicentennial.

Civil Discourse

Rose O'Neal Greenhow, Confederate spy

Women Spies of the Civil War

Hundreds of women served as spies during the Civil War. Here’s a look at six who risked their lives in daring and unexpected ways


Who Had the Best Civil War Facial Hair?

Browse these portraits of officers with great facial hair courtesy of the Library of Congress and then vote for your favorite

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil War a group of men reenacted "Pickett's Charge" at Gettysburg.

How We’ve Commemorated the Civil War

Take a look back at how Americans have remembered the civil war during significant anniversaries of the past

One of the best-documented female soldiers is Sarah Edmonds. She was a Union soldier and worked during the Civil War as a nurse.

The Women Who Fought in the Civil War

Hundreds of women concealed their identities so they could battle alongside their Union and Confederate counterparts

After Union troops refused to evacuate Fort Sumter, today a National Monument, Confederates opened fire.

Fort Sumter: The Civil War Begins

Nearly a century of discord between North and South finally exploded in April 1861 with the bombardment of Fort Sumter

Lincoln's Top Hat

Civil War Artifacts in the Smithsonian

The museum collections house many items from the Civil War, including photographs, uniforms and personal diaries

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