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The primary draft law in the Union during the Civil War required all men between the ages of 20 and 45 to register, with quotas being drawn from every congressional district. Those chosen who did not wish to serve could ... More »

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The Civil War spanned from 1861 to 1865. The war began with the first battle at Fort Sumter in South Carolina on April 12th, 1861, and the final battle took place at Palmetto Ranch in Texas on May 13th, 1865. More »

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The American Civil War began on April 12, 1861, with a battle at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The war ended when General Robert E. Lee, of the Army of the Confederacy, surrendered on May 9, 1865. The last shot was fire... More »

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The Union financed the Civil War through war bonds, selling federal lands and instituting an income tax. Passed in 1861, the legislation levied a 3 percent tax against incomes over $800, and was increased twice during th... More »

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"Yankee" was a name used by Southerners during the Civil War when referring to their northern rivals who were loyal to the Union. Northerners living in states like Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connectic... More »

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While most of the major battles of the Civil War were fought in Confederate territory, the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg took place inside the Union. Both were the result of Confederate General Robert E. Lee's attem... More »

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During the Civil War, the North had a larger population, greater access to the navy, more industrial power and better access to gunpowder. However, the South benefited from familiarity with their own terrain, being resou... More »

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