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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.

Edmund Ruffin remembered for two things . . . firing the first shot, and the last shot of the Civil War.

Robert E. Lee

Julia Ward Howe -wrote the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" .She was inspired by her abolitionist work . The song was popular in the union during the civil war. After being widowed she worked tirelessly for womens sufferage . She became a pacifist because of her horror at the Civil War carnage.

Civil War.

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was the first woman awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, for her work as a surgeon during the Civil War.

Slave Ship. Amazing to see a real photo. So chilling. A part of history we are told to "get over". (orig. pinner comment)

James and Mary Chesnut, her diary of the Civil War would be the orginal blog of the 1860's........She was from Charleston, SC.

Civil War

Civil War Brothers in Arms Two | PrintCollection Two unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms holding cigars in each others' mouths. Created between 1861 and 1865 as a ninth-plate tintype, hand-colored ; 6.5 x 7.5 cm (case) Photograph shows uniform of soldier on right with blue chevrons of an Infantry Sergeant.

Jennie Hodgers served in the Civil War disguised as a man and continued to live her life as a male after the war.

Robert E. Lee, around age 38, and his son William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, around age 8, c.1845

Civil War Jesse James

Even before blacks were officially recognized as federal soldiers, many slaves like Nick Biddle escaped and joined Union lines. In 1861, he wore a uniform, traveled with his employee’s company to Baltimore to help protect Washington, D.C., after the surrender of Fort Sumter. Once there, he was set upon by a pro-Confederate mob, attacked with slurs and a brick that hit him in the head so severely it exposed his skull. Some consider him the first man wounded in the Civil War.

Civil War-era couple

After being shot dead on April 3rd, 1882, Jesse James' body was tied to a board for this picture to be taken.

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.

Wounded American Marines being treated and prepared for evacuation during the Vietnam War.

America's Shame:The Slave Trade

Robert Smalls, the civil war hero - WTF fun facts