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The Civil War lasted for 4 years, from 1861 until 1865. The Civil War was fought all over the country from Pennsylvania to Texas and Florida. More »

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The last surviving Civil War veteran was Albert Woolson, who died in 1956. Woolson was born sometime between 1847 and 1850 and served as a drummer boy in the Union Army. The last veteran who saw combat was James Hard, a ... More »

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The South side of the American Civil War became its own nation, called the Confederate States of America, or the Confederacy for short, while the North remained the United States of America and was called the Union. The ... More »

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The Civil War was considered one of the darkest times in U.S. history. There were doubts the U.S. would even be able to survive as a divided nation. More »

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The Civil War began on April 12, 1861 when the Confederates came after the Union soldiers in South Carolina at Fort Sumter. The last battle was fought in Texas on May 13, 1865. More »

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The Civil War began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate batteries shelled Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. The Confederate commander at the scene was Pierre Gustave T. Beauregard, though his authority to fire on the for... More »

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The Civil War was a complex conflict stemming from myriad causes including slavery, trade, and federal structure, and as such it is a matter of opinion as to whether or not it was preventable. Many forces were in play at... More »

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