In a letter to its 55,000 members, the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to protecting Civil War battlefields announced this evening that it has shortened its name to the Civil War Trust.  To accompany the new identity, the group also debuted a dynamic new logo to better graphically represent its land conservation mission.  The changes coincide [...]

Judge halts sale of Civil War-era sword

A federal judge has ordered a Williamsburg collector not to sell a Civil War-era sword that Brown University contends was stolen from its collections more than 30 years ago.
The Daily Press reports that the temporary restraining order blocks Donald Tharpe from selling or disposing of the sword until the dispute is resolved.

North Shore to mark Civil War anniversary

Samuel Brown wasn’t so different from the young people who go to war today, willing to put their lives on hold and risk everything for their country. A Bowdoin graduate, he was soon made captain and on Sept. 17, 1862, led his Massachusetts regiment in the bloodiest day of battle in American history.
The men who [...]

Exhibit highlights African-American contributions to Civil War medicine

Nearly 100 years before Rosa Parks stood up against discrimination by refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus, Maj. Alexander T. Augusta took a similar stand in Washington, D.C.
Augusta, one of 13 black surgeons to serve during the Civil War, was in uniform and on his way to testify at a [...]

Civil War letters come to New Ulm museum

The Schilling brothers’ eight letters penned in 1862 evince an extraordinary time in American history as well as a painful part of New Ulm’s past.
The Brown County Historical Society Museum has acquired the documents from descendants of Louis and August Schilling, Union soldiers from New Ulm who sent letters from Civil War battlefields to family [...]


In 1947, a young writer named Barnaby Conrad became secretary to the irascible Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sinclair Lewis. Lewis challenged Conrad to collaborate with him on a novel speculating that Lincoln’s assassin, the celebrated actor John Wilkes Booth, had escaped a burning building, surrounded by Union soldiers, substituting the body of a Confederate deserter whom [...]

Bringing the Civil War back to life

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.
In honor of the event, a long-time teacher and author is making her way across Illinois with a message in hopes of inspiring both kids and adults to take an interest in history.
“I just love going school to school and bringing history to [...]

Tenn. archivists seeking Civil War memorabilia to document

Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will be at Greeneville High School, 210 Tusculum Blvd., on Feb. 18 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for a new exhibit.
Archivists will be at the school, from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. that day. They invite [...]

Book comes back to Fort Fisher

In case you haven’t noticed, the 146th anniversary of the battle of Fort Fisher is sneaking up. As it turns out, the state historic site and its non-profit support group, the Friends of Fort Fisher, are gearing up for major festivities on Saturday, Jan. 15 — 146 years to the day after a Union Army ground [...]

Tampa Bay goes blue and gray

The Civil War ‘Blue and Gray’ exhibit opened at the Tampa Bay History Center on Monday, the 150th anniversary of Florida’s secession from the Union.
The display features Civil War-era maps, weapons, and photographs. There’s even a cannonball that was launched into a home in Tampa in 1862.