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40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

A German World War II prisoner, released by the Soviet Union, is reunited with his daughter. The child had not seen her father since she was one year old. Source: Helmuth Pirath via: worldpressphoto.org

Robert Gould Shaw commanded the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, an African American regiment. Shaw had already fought in the battles of Cedar Mountain and Antietam with the 2nd MA Inf. when he took command of the 54th at the age of 25. Shaw was hesitant to leave his comrades for service in a regiment that he doubted would ever see action. Never the less, he would die leading them during their assault on Battery Wagner outside of Chalreston, SC.

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.

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The European Atrocity You Never Heard About

The European Atrocity You Never Heard About - In the largest episode of forced migration in history, millions of German-speaking civilians were sent to Germany from Czechoslovakia and other European countries after World War II by order of the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union.

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The Civil War warriors: Fascinating photographs of the Union generals who kept the U.S. together 150 years ago

James B. McPherson (1828-1864), who died at the Battle of Atlanta, was one the highest-ranking Union soldiers killed in the war - The Civil War warriors: Fascinating photographs of the Union generals who kept the U.S. together 150 years ago http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119084/The-Civil-War-warriors-Fascinating-photographs-Union-generals-kept-U-S-150-years-ago.html