How Mersyside played a huge part in the war which united America

MANY stories and myths surround the American Civil War. But firmly rooted in fact is the premier part that Liverpool and Birkenhead played in the conflict, dubbed America’s darkest hour.

Such was the important impact of the two towns’ role that a leading Civil War historian believes they prolonged the war by several years.

Historian and lecturer Tom Sebrell, from Virginia, who is about to receive his doctorate from Queen Mary, London University, is working with Liverpool City Council to commem-orate the War for its 150th anniversary on April 15, 2011.

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