Civil War

The Underappreciated and Forgotten Sites of the Civil War

To commemorate the end of the war 150 years ago, here are fascinating locales that remind us of the conflict's sprawling impact

A general view shows damaged buildings in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus in Syria on February 24, 2015.

Are Climate Change And the Conflict in Syria Connected?

A new study shows a link between the nation’s recent unrest and a major drought spurred on by global warming

An aerial view of the city of Washington, D.C, in 1861 as seen from a balloon.

How the Backwater Town of Washington, D.C. Became the Beacon of a Nation

As the Anacostia Community Museum delves into daily life in a city at war, author Ernest B. Furgurson recalls the nascence of a city on the verge

An 1862 Alexander Gardner photograph shows the bodies of dead Confederate artillerymen at Antietam.

Vivid Images of Civil War Casualties Inspire a Scholar's Inner Muse

Alexander Gardner’s photography, a record of sacrifice and devastating loss, prompts a new creativity from the show's curator

Marian Anderson as Ulrica in the Verdi opera Un ballo in maschera

60 Years Ago, the First African-American Soloist Sang at the Met Opera

Marian Anderson performed as the fortuneteller Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera

Big News Stories of 2014 That Aren't Going Away

We just have so much to look forward to

Shrine to Uwais al-Qurani and Ammar Bin Yasser. After: October 6, 2014.

All three tombs on the outside of the shrine, their minarets and a section of the linking arcaded pricinct have been destroyed.

Satellite Photos Show Hundreds of Syrian Heritage Sites Damaged In Ongoing Fighting

The new satellite photos show the extent of the damage

The wounded soldiers above were photographed at a hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia, between 1861 and 1865.

Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?

One hundred and fifty years later, historians are discovering some of the earliest known cases of post-traumatic stress disorder

Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) embraces Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) in a famous scene from the 1939 epic film Gone with the Wind.

How Gone With the Wind Took the Nation by Storm By Catering to its Southern Sensibilities

From casting to its premiere, how Southerners viewed the film made all the difference

A Civil War historical re-enactment at Tunnel Hill, Georgia

A Nurse Describes the Smell of the Civil War

The overpowering stink of blood and decaying flesh can surprise even trained soldiers

Separatist forces walk the streets of Donetsk, Ukraine on November 8th.

Russian Tanks And Troops Are Pouring Into Ukraine, Says NATO

Unmarked troops and equipment have traveled from Russia to Ukraine

“Arming the Rebels” Has Pretty Much Never Worked

Guns and training, but no on-the-ground support, doesn't amount to much

Photograph of Robert E Lee's Arlington house taken in 1861

Rare Photo of Robert E. Lee's Slave Acquired by National Park Service

The photograph of Selina Gray and her children sold on eBay for $700

A protester holds the cut off nose of the statue of former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin after it was toppled during a rally on the central square of eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, 28 September 2014.

Ukrainian Protesters Are Auctioning Off the Nose of a Massive Lenin Statue

Lenin's ears are also, reportedly, up for grabs

In this portrait, Webster wore what looks like a Confederate uniform, but there is no evidence he fought for the South.

Why Was Robert Webster, a Slave, Wearing What Looks Like a Confederate Uniform?

This remarkable man risked his life to undermine the Confederacy yet remained close to his former owner after the Civil War

The Social Media Fight Between the U.S. and ISIS Is Weirder Than You'd Imagine

The U.S. has decided to fight propaganda with propaganda

Lee surrendering to Grant at Appomattox

Which General Was Better? Ulysses S. Grant or Robert E. Lee?

The historic rivalry between the South's polished general and the North's rough and rugged soldier is the subject of a new show at the Portrait Gallery

A humanitarian crisis is underway in Sinjar, Iraq, and the surrounding towns.

Thousands of Iraqi Refugees Are Trapped Without Food or Water on Mountains Surrounded by Militia

Delivering help by land or air is impossible, humanitarian aid experts say

Smoke rises over a Syrian village that has been recently shelled

People are Traveling to War Zones for Tourism

Because adventure travel just hasn't gone far enough

Night attack at Fort Stevens on July 11, 1864

When Washington, D.C. Came Close to Being Conquered by the Confederacy

The year was 1864, and the South was all but beaten, yet Jubal Early's ragged army had D.C. within its grasp

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