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Hanging a Deserter (William Johnson). Execution of a colored soldier, June 20, 1864.

Hanging a Deserter (William Johnson). Execution of a colored soldier, June

Cold harbor was one of the most violent battles of the Civil War ... and some tormented souls still roam its bloodied soil.

Traces of Death: The Haunted Battleground of Cold Harbor

A captured Confederate encampment near Petersburg, Virginia, in June of 1864. (Timothy H. O'Sullivan/LOC)

A captured Confederate encampment near Petersburg, Virginia, in June of (Timothy H. O’Sullivan/LOC)

During the Battle of Gettysburg, [John L.] Burns, a 70-year-old civilian living nearby, grabbed his flintlock musket and powder horn and walked out to the battlefield to join in with Union troops. The soldiers took him in, and Burns served well as a sharpshooter. During a withdrawal, Burns was wounded several times and left on the field. he managed to get himself to safety, his wounds were treated, and his story elevated him to the status of National Hero briefly.

…the Old Hero of Gettysburg, John L Burns, Burns, born ca. was a veteran of the War of 1812 when he was wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg, having volunteered his services as a sharpshooter to the Federal Army.

1861-65, “The Deserters Fate”, [Civil War-era carte de visite portrait of a Union soldier, killed for desertion, with a firing squad looming behind

“The Deserters Fate”, [Civil War-era carte de visite portrait of a Union soldier, killed for desertion, with a firing squad looming behind] “ Robert I. Alotta’s Civil War Justice-Union Army Executions under Lincoln cites

Major James Joseph Quinlan, Union Army Medal of Honor recipient Battle of Savage's Station, Virginia, American Civil War June 29, 1862.

Major James Joseph Quinlan, Union Army Medal of Honor recipient Battle of Savage's Station, Virginia, American Civil War June

Benjamin Butler was relieved of duty after failing to attack Fort Fisher in 1864 as ordered. During Congressional hearings, Butler contended that the fort was impregnable and tried to show reports and documents that would prove his decision to call off the attack was the right one. To Butler's chagrin, however, during the hearings, Fort Fisher fell to Union troops under the command of Alfred Terry on January 15th, 1865.

This Civil War Harper's Weekly newspaper features a picture of the Battle of Fort Fisher

July 7, 1865. Washington, D.C. Hanging hooded bodies of the four conspirators; crowd departing. Lincoln assassination conspirators Mary Surratt, Lewis Payne, David Herold and George Atzerodt shortly after their execution at Fort McNair. Wet plate glass negative by Alexander Gardner

July "Washington, D. Hanging hooded bodies of the four conspirators;" Lincoln assassination conspirators Mary Surratt, Lewis Payne, David Herold and George Atzerodt shortly after their execution at Fort McNair.

June 6 1865 William Clarke Quantrill dies of wounds suffered in May...Quantrill was badly wounded in a skirmish with Union forces, and he died on this day in 1865. Since Quantrill's men were guerillas rather than legitimate soldiers, they were denied the general amnesty given to the Confederate army after the war ended. Some, like Frank and Jesse James, took this as an excuse to become criminals and bank robbers. Quantrill was 24 when he died.

June 6 1865 William Clarke Quantrill dies of wounds suffered in May.Quantrill was badly wounded in a skirmish with Union forces, and he died on this day in

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