Civil War

Arts & Culture
2:58 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Women? Fighting in the Civil War? A New Book Spotlights a Surprising Corner of History

For the past three years, Americans have been looking back at the Civil War during its 150th anniversary.  The war, in many ways, still shapes America today - in areas such as race relations and the economy. 

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Arts & Culture
8:17 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Step Back in Time and Into the Shoes of an American Civil War Enlistee

A soldier teaches students the basic drill.
Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

As fall approaches, many Badger fans are heading out to Camp Randall to support their football team. However, about 150 years ago, the land didn’t house a football stadium. 

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12:38 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Seven Facts You Didn't Know About the Gettysburg Address

A depiction of President Abraham Lincoln delivering the "Gettysburg Address."
Credit Library of Congress

One-hundred fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the "Gettysburg Address."

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10:33 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Essay: The Horror, Not Honor, of the Civil War

A Civil War re-enactment in Pennsylvania
Credit dfbphotos/Flickr

As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of noted Civil War battles, one form of commemoration – re-enactments – generally leave me with a feeling of discomfort.

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1:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Milwaukee Doctor from Syria Hopeful for Diplomatic End to Civil War

A Syrian refugee family from the Deir el Zour, Syria pauses in their doorway in a neighborhood with a high concentration of Syrian refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.
Credit Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A Syrian expatriate in Milwaukee is optimistic about a possible diplomatic solution to the crisis in his native country, after President Obama agreed to consider a plan by Russia.

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Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Historian: Northern Free Blacks 'Spearheaded' Lead Up to Civil War

As we mark the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, we've heard a lot about the battles, the heroes, the death tolls.

But what we don't hear often enough is about the people who had the biggest stake in the war's outcome: African-Americans - both slaves and free persons.

University of Wisconsin historian Steve Kantrowitz argues that we often overlook the role of Northern free blacks in the lead up to the civil war. 

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10:18 am
Thu August 29, 2013

True-to-Life Spies Threaten Union Cause in Civil War Novel

Thomas Martin Saturday's first story in the Eaton-Ellis series takes place in spring/summer of 1862, at the start of the Peninsula Campaign of the Civil War.
Credit Moving Train Books

A new historical novel features a murder mystery in the midst of the Civil War.

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Arts & Culture
1:19 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

What Artifacts Best Represent the Civil War Experience?

Harold Holzer is the author of The Civil War in 50 Objects, in partnership with the New York Historical Society – the oldest museum in New York City.

The sesquicentennial of the Civil War continues this year – July will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Civil War
3:51 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Iron Brigade Gave Union Advantage at Gettysburg

The Confederates' charge on East Cemetery Hill on the second day of battle at Gettysburg.
Credit Scanned engraving from The Century Magazine

This week marks the 150th anniversary of one of the Civil War's most famous battles.  The Battle of Gettysburg was also the war's deadliest, and Wisconsin soldiers played a key role over its three days.

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Arts & Culture
7:37 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Letter of a Wisconsin Civil War Soldier Inspires Song

The envelope from a letter written by a Civil War soldier
Credit The Civil War Letters of Mack and Nan Ewing Collection

As we remember the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, we've been hearing about the experiences of Wisconsin soldiers fighting in the American Civil War.

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