Proud history: Black soldiers from Central New York made Civil War sacrifie

As the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and Black History Month, Central New York should pause to remember its proud role in the fight to end slavery.
In the years preceding the Civil War, Syracuse was home to the Rev. Jermain Wesley Loguen, an escaped slave who led later [...]

Park Rangers serve search warrant, find Civil War bomb

National Park Rangers asked for assistance from local and State Police Thursday after serving a search warrant on a home in the city and finding a potentially live, Civil War-era, unexploded artillery shell.
The shell was discovered Thursday at around 1 p.m. after Park Rangers executed a search warrant on the home in the 1800 block [...]

Williamsburg man wants to keep stolen sword

A Civil War artifacts collector intends to fight to retain ownership of a valuable sword that Brown University claims was stolen from its museum more than 30 years ago.
Brown University in Providence, R.I., is suing Williamsburg art and artifacts collector Donald R. Tharpe in federal court seeking the return of the Col. Rush C. Hawkins [...]

Battlefield Dispatches No. 252: Wagon Boss No. 5: ‘Indian Soldiers’

Before returning to Fort Scott in the Spring of 1862, wagon boss R.M. Peck recorded his observations of Humboldt, Kan., and the organization of the “Union” 1st and 2nd Regiments of Indian Home Guards in his journal. Early in the last century, he published his memoir of the Civil War in a series of articles [...]

All about Abe: Why we’re still fascinated by Lincoln

Ask any school kid about Abraham Lincoln, and he’ll spit out these facts:
We call him Honest Abe. He was born poor in a one-room log cabin. He was our 16th president. He wore a top hat. He was very tall. He led the North in the Civil War. He abolished slavery. He gave the Gettysburg [...]

This Day in the War: 02/11/11

Tuesday, Feb. 11 1862
Repeating the pairing that had been sucessful in the attack on Fort Henry, Gen. McClernand set out at the head of Grant’s land forces as Flag Officer Foote’s gunboats took the longer water route. The boats had to go back down the Tennessee River to Paducah, up the Ohio [...]