American Civil War

The American Civil War

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Civil War Battle of Antitam


Welcome to the American Civil War section of the History Guy website. This section will continue to grow as we examine the Civil War, its causes, consequences, and the details of the war itself. We will cover the military battles and campaigns, the personalities involved in the war, as well as those people associated with the events leading up to the war, and those involved with the post-war Reconstruction Period. The issue of slavery will be examined, as well as the economic issues that helped divide the nation.

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The Slavery Issue

Slave Rebellions in U.S. History

Slaves as a Percentage of the U.S. Population.

 Personalities of the American Civil War-Biography pages of people who impacted the North and the South before, during, and after the Civil War.  

Frederick Douglass-- The famous orator, author, and champion against slavery.

Mathew Brady-- The "Father of Photojournalism" whose photos of Civil War battlefields brought the horrors of war home to civilians on the homefront.

Clara Barton-- The "Angel of the Battlefield" who brought nursing care to wounded soldiers during the Civil War and later founded the American Red Cross.

Dr. Benjamin Rush-- Signer of the Declaration of Independence, member of the Constitutional Convention, noted physician and ardent supporter for the abolition of slavery.

Thomas Nast-American political cartoonist.

General George Armstrong Custer-- Famous American Cavalry officer who died at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.

General Robert E. Lee-- The commanding general for the South in the American Civil War.

Lorenzo de Zavala--First Vice-President of the Republic of Texas.

 Battles and Campaigns of the Civil War

The Battle of Gettysburg--One of the most important battles of the Civil War.

U.S.-Mexican War--While obviously not a part of the U.S. Civil War, the aftermath of the War with Mexico did inflame relations between the North and the South.

Speeches and Documents of Abraham Lincoln

Civil War Documents

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