Sectional Literature

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Sectional literature either attacking or supporting slavery generally emerged in the United States beginning in the mid-1830s, as sectional differences became more pronounced. In general, literature favoring slavery argued that the institution was beneficial to both the slaves and society -- a "positive good." Literature attacking slavery addressed the immorality of the institution. Many believe that pro-slavery literature originated primarily in the Deep South, but recent studies have shown that pro-slavery literature proliferated in both the North and the South.

Sherman's Inability to Liberate The South's Most Notorious Prison

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In April 1864, Sherman embarked on his mission to strike at the heart of Dixie, with the intent of capturing Atlanta, the scene of much of the South’s industrial might, and then to cut the remainder of the South in half, as he marched through Georgia to the sea. Sherman sent a detachment of Cavalry under General George Stoneman to cut General Hood’

Sherman’s March through Georgia

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After taking the city of Atlanta and driving Confederate General Hood from Georgia, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman made one of the most brilliant decisions of the American Civil War. As Hood and his army invaded Tennessee in order to draw Sherman out of Georgia, Sherman decided to cut loose from his base of supply and march his entire army from Atlanta to either Savannah or Augusta.

Ships Called Alabama

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The following is an excerpt from "The History of U.S.S. ALABAMA" interactive CD explaining how she earned Battle Star number 5 at the "Great Marianas Turkey Shoot"

States Which Seceded

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On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the sixteenth President of the United States. The election of Lincoln to the presidency was the final blow to the South and led directly to the breakup of the Union.

Studies in Battle Command

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XXIV. The Battle of Hamburger Hill:
Battle Command in Difficult Terrain Against
a Determined Enemy

Lieutenant Colonel Douglas P Scalard


Susan Baker King Taylor, Reminiscences of Life with the 33d US Colored Troops

A black and white image of Susan King Taylor sitting on a stone between two columns looking into the distance.
Susan Baker King Taylor didn’t live like most Negro women of the Civil War. Because of that fact, for years following the war the Grand Army of the Republic and the Women’s Relief Corps repeatedly urged her to write her memoirs. Her family and friends even supported the notion. But it wasn’t until a man whom she highly respected lent his support to the idea that Susan undertook the task of putting pen to paper.

The Battle of Actium

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The battle of Actium ended decades of Roman civil war and resulted in the rise of the first Roman Emperor.