Edmund Ruffin (January 5, 1794 – June 17, 1865) was a farmer and slaveholder, a Confederate soldier, and an 1850s political activist. He advocated states' rights, secession, and slavery and was described by opponents as one of the Fire-Eaters. He was an ardent supporter of the Confederacy and a longstanding enemy of the North.Because the widely held belief that he fired the first shot of the Battle of Fort Sumter, Ruffin is credited as "firing the first shot of the Civil War."

Edmund Ruffin (January 5, 1794 – June 17, 1865) was a farmer and slaveholder, a Confederate soldier, and an 1850s political activist. He advocated states' rights, secession, and slavery and was described by opponents as one of the Fire-Eaters. He was an ardent supporter of the Confederacy and a longstanding enemy of the North.Because the widely held belief that he fired the first shot of the Battle of Fort Sumter, Ruffin is credited as "firing the first shot of the Civil War."

Major General George E. Pickett, C.S.A. Commander of the eponymous and immortal charge foolishly ordered by Lee at Gettysburg.

Major General George E. Pickett, C.S.A. Commander of the eponymous and immortal charge foolishly ordered by Lee at Gettysburg.

George Washington Custis Lee, known as Boo. Eldest son of Robert E. Lee What a handsome man!

George Washington Custis Lee, known as Boo. Eldest son of Robert E. Lee What a handsome man!

Edward and Charles Jonas, Two brothers fighting on diffrerent sides of the Cival War.

Edward and Charles Jonas, Two brothers fighting on diffrerent sides of the Cival War.

c. 1898  Marion, Indiana — Veterans eat their meals in the dining hall of the National Soldiers' Home, a facility for the care of disabled American veterans, many from the Civil War. How the last American Civil War veterans lived, loved and died.

How the last American Civil War veterans lived, loved and died

c. 1898 Marion, Indiana — Veterans eat their meals in the dining hall of the National Soldiers' Home, a facility for the care of disabled American veterans, many from the Civil War. How the last American Civil War veterans lived, loved and died.

General JEB Stuart. Now this guy was a colorful character if there ever was one. Definitely a history worth reading about if you don't know much about him :-)

General JEB Stuart. Now this guy was a colorful character if there ever was one. Definitely a history worth reading about if you don't know much about him :-)

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