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This Week in the American Civil War: June 21-27, 1865

Information courtesy of the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Task Force (www.mncivilwar150.com and “Minnesota Civil War 150” on Facebook)   Major Highlights for the Week Wednesday June 21, 1865 President Andrew Johnson named Lewis E. Parsons as provisional governor of Alabama. The … Continue reading

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Colonel Robert Gould Shaw (1837-1863)

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 10 October 1837 into great wealth with interlocking kinship ties to the Brahmin families of Forbes, Parkman, Cabot, Lodge, Hunnewell, Sturgis, and Lowell, Robert Gould Shaw had a privileged childhood. His parents insisted on perfectionist … Continue reading

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A photo taken 150 years ago of a runaway slave changed the way Americans saw the Civil War

It isn’t possible to tell the story of the Civil War without recourse to the million photographic images that were created, some of the best of which are part of a new museum exhibition. by Ted Widmer Article originally appeared … Continue reading

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On this day: April 26, 1865 – JOHN WILKES BOOTH KILLED!

The Account of the Officer in Charge On April 24, 1865, Lieutenant Edward Doherty sits on a bench across from the White House conversing with another officer. The arrival of a messenger interrupts the conversation. The messenger carries orders directing … Continue reading

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