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Mary Edwards Walker in her later years, 1911. She received the Medal of Honor for her work as a surgeon during the US Civil War, the only woman to ever get one. In 1917 the Army tightened up the rules for what you had to do/be to get the MoH...and deleted 911 names from the Medal of Honor Roll, including hers. She kept her medal and wore it till her death. Jimmy Carter restored her medal posthumously.

The National Sporting Library in Middleburg, Virginia commissioned a monument to the Civil War cavalry horse. Rather than portray a hearty horse, the monument shows an exhausted, malnourished horse, still faithful and serving, even though it was clearly near the end of its rope. We don't know what happened to its master. The monument accurately depicts the condition of Civil War cavalry horses, and shows the frightful toll that endless hours of marching and picketing took on those proud beasts.

A great General who loved this country but felt an obligation to the south

Stonewall Jackson was just a wee bit eccentric. He was said to be as calm as a cucumber in battle and was often seen with his left arm raised - something to do with blood circulation as bullets flew around him. He loved sucking on the odd lemon and avoided pepper like the plague because it made his left leg ache. Dressed in tattered old uniforms. His horse was too small for him and he disliked battle on Sundays. In all this he was a devout Christian and prayed fervently even before battles.

I fell at Gettysburg.. by Romain Chassagne, via 500px

Union Soldier in Uniform

Blue and Grey : 1861-65 Bullets

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Confederate Soldiers Uniform

Confederate Soldiers Uniform

Brother against Brother in the Great Civil War.The only war fought in the United States

Red jacket with green revers and cuffs, worn by Colonel William Taylor of the 1st Connecticut Regiment, American, c. 1770's-1780's.

NPS: "The most famous of the dozens of young drummer boys was Johnny Clem of Newark, Ohio. He went to war at the age of ten. In Clem's first battle, a shell fragment ripped his drum apart. He became known as "Johnny Shiloh." Gallantry in action two years later brought him promotion to sergeant. Clem made the army a career, and he retired in 1916 with the rank of major general."

Confederate Major Joseph White Latimer died August 1st 1863 from wounds he received during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Here is an original photograph of Morris Island, South Carolina. General Quincy A. Gillmore in front of his tent. It was created in 1863 by Haas & Peale. (Morris Island, located at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, is accessible only by boat. However, the Morris Island lighthouse is visible from many of Charleston's coastal communities.)

Battle of Gettsburg veterans. The picture was taken in 1913, at a reunion held on the battlefield. The man sitting on the rocks is a Confederate soldier, and the man standing is a Union soldier.

‘I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free.” Abraham Lincoln had a knack for getting to the heart of the matter. So it was, during the famous 1858 Senate campaign against Stephen Douglas, when with that single line, he got to the crux of the constitutional issues that would lead to war just two years later.