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Ann Macmillan, chief of CBC's London bureau, is shown a large collection of letters and maps owned by Sir John Sherbrooke, the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia during the War of 1812. The items were auctioned in one block Wednesday for almost $700,000. (Ellen Mauro/CBC)

Newswise — Diaries belonging to a Civil War soldier who witnessed the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln have been digitized and published by UC Merced's Kolligian Library.

Clara Barton (1821-1912), the founder and first president of the American Red Cross, acquired her broad skill set of urgent medical care, long-term care for invalids, locating and reuniting lost family members and soldiers, etc. through “on-the-job training” during some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

Two women munition workers operate a shell case forming machine during the First World War at the New Gun Factory of the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London., Lewis G P

from Ramani's blog

Holocaust Auschwitz Concentration Camp Medical Experiments

Holocaust Auschwitz Concentration Camp Medical Experimentssadly. this happened to my father's cousin who was german and not a jew. they shoved boards into her legs to see what would happen- a 'scientific experiment" they said

60,000 World War II documents kept in Russian state archives. Source: Ilya Varlamov

A new digital collection provides a glimpse into the everyday life of a Union soldier during the U.S. Civil War, as well a first-hand account of President Lincoln’s assassination and its aftermath.

The Armenian massacre, refers to the deliberate killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during and after the First World War implemented through massacres, deportations and forced displacement which were marches under harsh conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees. Researchers estimate that the number of victims range between 1 and 1.5 million. Three individuals were responsible for the genocide. These were called the ‘Three Pashas’ Mehmed Talat, Ismail Enver, Ahmed…

Hannah Scholze, archivist for the Holmen Area Historical Society, will give a presentation, "Cordelia Harvey, Civil War Angel," at the March 6 HAHS meeting at Holmen Village Hall.

from NBC News

'This may be the last letter you receive from me': World War I soldiers' wills finally released

Professor Peter Simkins, of the Western Front Association, views the will of his great uncle Frank Hill, who was killed during World War I.

A letter sent in 1918 by the British military governor to the Chief Rabbi of Baghdad. This “Jewish archive” document is among thousands rece...

from Mail Online

The madness of King Edward VIII: Shocking letters hidden for 76 years reveal Archbishop accused Monarch of insanity, alcoholism and persecution mania - and forced him into abdication crisis

Uncovered: Archbishop Lang's 'smoking gun' secret letter to the Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin