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Learn more about the United States’ defining conflicts in our articles section. Explore our wide range of articles written by staff and experts from across the county. These resources will provide even greater detail on the battles, people, causes, and concepts related to each war.

The Battlefield of Yellow Tavern, Virginia

The Battlefield of Yellow Tavern, Virginia

It was early morning when the column of gray- and butternut-clad horsemen reined up and came to a halt along the Telegraph Road. Exhausted, they dismounted and put their horses under cover near a ramshackle, three-story structure. Once a wayside inn, it had long since been abandoned, but was still known locally for the color of its failing siding: Yellow Tavern. Yellow Tavern, Virginia.Jamie Betts Photo The soldiers likely paid little attention to the building as…

The Battlefield of Yellow Tavern, Virginia

The Battlefield of Yellow Tavern, Virginia

It was early morning when the column of gray- and butternut-clad horsemen reined up and came to a halt along the Telegraph…

Sons for Liberty: Masterminds of the Boston Tea Party

Sons for Liberty: Masterminds of the Boston Tea Party

The Sons of Liberty, a well-organized Patriot paramilitary political organization shrouded in secrecy, was established to undermine British rule in colonial America…

How Taxes Caused the Civil War, Not Slavery

How Taxes Caused the Civil War, Not Slavery

Taxes caused the Civil War: Although I’m no scholar of American history, there are a few Seminole events that I’ve always felt…

Events leading to the Civil War

Events leading to the Civil War

1619-1865, The Peculiar Institution Slavery arrived in North America along side the Spanish and English colonists of the 17th and 18th centuries,…

Lucinda Dogan ‘Belle of the Battlefield’

Lucinda Dogan ‘Belle of the Battlefield’

         Lucinda Dogan, pictured here in 1902 ‘Belle of the Battlefield’ Lucinda Dogan and six…

Death Before Dishonor-The Immortal 600

Death Before Dishonor-The Immortal 600

On August 20, 1864, a chosen group of 600 Confederate officers left Fort Delaware as prisoners of war, bound for the Union…

The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg was a significant Union victory considered by many to be the turning point of the Civil War. In…

Thomas Lafayette Rosser “Tex”

Thomas Lafayette Rosser “Tex”

(October 15, 1836 – March 29, 1910) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and later an officer in the…

Quantrill’s Guerillas and William Anderson “Bloody Bill”

Quantrill’s Guerillas and William Anderson “Bloody Bill”

     William “Bloody Bill” Anderson   A low-level conflict had already been raging in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands in…

Covered in Glory

Covered in Glory

At the end of what had been a long and difficult day, Sgt. Maj. Christian A. Fleetwood of the 4th United States…

A Beacon Light of Liberty

A Beacon Light of Liberty

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address began with the words, “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation,…

Civil War Casualties

Civil War Casualties

The Cost of War: Killed, Wounded, Captured, and Missing The Civil War was America’s bloodiest conflict.  The unprecedented violence of battles such…

Sons for Liberty: Masterminds of the Boston Tea Party

Sons for Liberty: Masterminds of the Boston Tea Party

The Sons of Liberty, a well-organized Patriot paramilitary political organization shrouded in secrecy, was established to undermine British rule in colonial America…

How Taxes Caused the Civil War, Not Slavery

How Taxes Caused the Civil War, Not Slavery

Taxes caused the Civil War: Although I’m no scholar of American history, there are a few Seminole events that I’ve always felt…

Events leading to the Civil War

Events leading to the Civil War

1619-1865, The Peculiar Institution Slavery arrived in North America along side the Spanish and English colonists of the 17th and 18th centuries,…

Lucinda Dogan ‘Belle of the Battlefield’

Lucinda Dogan ‘Belle of the Battlefield’

         Lucinda Dogan, pictured here in 1902 ‘Belle of the Battlefield’ Lucinda Dogan and six…

Death Before Dishonor-The Immortal 600

Death Before Dishonor-The Immortal 600

On August 20, 1864, a chosen group of 600 Confederate officers left Fort Delaware as prisoners of war, bound for the Union…

The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg

The Battle of Gettysburg was a significant Union victory considered by many to be the turning point of the Civil War. In…

Thomas Lafayette Rosser “Tex”

Thomas Lafayette Rosser “Tex”

(October 15, 1836 – March 29, 1910) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and later an officer in the…

Quantrill’s Guerillas and William Anderson “Bloody Bill”

Quantrill’s Guerillas and William Anderson “Bloody Bill”

     William “Bloody Bill” Anderson   A low-level conflict had already been raging in the Missouri-Kansas borderlands in…

Covered in Glory

Covered in Glory

At the end of what had been a long and difficult day, Sgt. Maj. Christian A. Fleetwood of the 4th United States…

A Beacon Light of Liberty

A Beacon Light of Liberty

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address began with the words, “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation,…

Civil War Casualties

Civil War Casualties

The Cost of War: Killed, Wounded, Captured, and Missing The Civil War was America’s bloodiest conflict.  The unprecedented violence of battles such…

Sergeant Berry Greenwood Benson

Sergeant Berry Greenwood Benson

Berry Benson was born on February 9th, 1843 in Hamburg, South Carolina, just across the Savannah River from Augusta, Georgia. In 1860…