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    The ardent slave holder, supporter of the Confederacy and the man who fired the first shot of the Civil War, Edmund Ruffin was born January 5th 1794.

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    Born to slave parents in 1838 in Paris, Texas, Bass Reeves would become the first black U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi River and one of the greatest frontier heroes in our nation’s history.

    Edmund Ruffin, ardent supporter of states rights, proponent of Secession and fierce Yankee hater. Ruffins credited with firing the first shot of the Civil War. He fired the first cannon shot at Ft. Sumter in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861...and the Civil War was officially underway.

    Robert Graves, c. 1914, age 19. Reported dead at the Somme, Graves was one of the few of his generation to survive the war. He became a translator, poet, and novelist, and was the author of I, Claudius. Graves died at the age of 90 in 1985, a model Daguerreotype boyfriend if there ever was one.

    Claus von Stauffenberg, the man who tried to kill Hitler on 20 July 1944

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    Another Lady of the Krakow Crypt. A woman who was poisoned by her father on her wedding day for marrying a man he disapproved of. She lies in her wedding dress. The year was 1787.

    Ethel and Julius Rosenberg embrace before they were executed by electric chair at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility NYC on the 19th of June 1953 after being convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage in a time of war.

    “Lydia Litvyak and Katya Budanova are born. And then they stomp the living hell out of a bunch of Nazis.” These Russian pilots became the world’s only female fighting aces during World War II. They each racked up at least eleven kills and died in combat. Also: Nazis. Stomped the living hell out of them.

    This WWII poster encourages women on the home front to 'Sew For Victory' in support of the war. Designed by Pistchal for New York City WPA War Services between 1941 and 1943.

    Laura, Mary and Carrie Ingalls - 1881

    Robert Smalls, the civil war hero - WTF fun facts

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    Postmortem photo (yes, apparently this girl is dead!) Edwardian times. Note her bandaged hands.

    One of the most important maps of the Civil War was also one of the most visually striking: a map of the slaveholding states, which clearly illustrates the varying concentrations of slaves across the South. Abraham Lincoln loved the map and consulted it often; it even appears in a famous 1864 painting of the president and his cabinet.

    Civil war soldier at 11 years of age.

    Flora Stewart, who had her portrait taken the year before her death in 1868, was a house slave in New Hampshire during the Revolutionary War.

    Civil War Facts Infographic from the National Park Service

    Women Soldiers of the Civil War

    Map of the Confederacy