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The Civil War started this date (April 13), 150 years ago. If you took the 650,000 dead from that war and laid them end to end, the line would stretch from Washington, DC to Richmond, Virginia (100 miles) not once, but almost seven times. The bloodiest battle in US history, on OR off American soil, had 23,000 casualties.

"9th New York Militia, June 1861: One of Brady's early subjects was the growing number of Union camps in and around Washington, D.C., in the early months of the Civil War. (Photo Credit: Library of Congress )."

The Civil War - Company E, 4th USCT. Over 180,000 African American men fought for the Union Army during the Civil War

Robert Dotson and Buffalo Bill Cody. This scan is of an old tintype photo that was in a family collection. According to family stories the clean-shaven gentleman on the right is Robert B. Dotson (b. 1840 Crawford County, MO; d.1903 Crawford County, MO; served in the Civil War in the Kansas Infantry for the Union side), and the gentleman on the left with the beard is Buffalo Bill Cody (who also served in the Kansas infantry during the civil war.

President Lincoln and his Dachshund.

Soldier of the American Civil War