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The Union and the Confederacy came from the same founding fathers. Much of what the South did mirrored the North's actions of the late 1700s. While they didn't create their nation from scratch, they did improve it in several ways. Here's a brief comparison of their Constitutions and a...
West Virginia was probably the most unique state in America during the Civil War. Even its historical war stats make it unique. According to the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission (CWSAC), there were 15 battles in the state of West Virginia during the Civil War. But were there?
Although prominent citizens from Oregon died fighting for the Union, only one recorded battle of the Civil War occurred inside the boundaries of the state.
America was a new nation under a new kind of government. Here's a dozen American firsts.
Andersonville, Georgia, is known as the worst pow camp of all times. But, then, history is written by the winners, isn't it? Not nearly as many people have heard about the horrors of Point Lookout, Maryland.
“What is right and what is practicable are two different things.”—James Buchanan Although much has been written about Presidents Lincoln and Davis, and Generals Grant and Lee, little has been written about President Buchanan and his involvement in the Civil War.
Contrary to popular belief, the Civil War was not confined to the South. Here are a dozen things you probably didn't know about the Civil War in Missouri.
Stars are added to the American flag when a new state is admitted to the Union and, by an Act of Congress in 1818, that date is the July 4 following the date of admission. So, how many stars were on the American flag on July 4, 1861?
They fought for the Confederacy, then after the war, they fought their way back—all the way to the US Supreme Court. Who were these men that served both their countries?
The US Supreme Court has heard 39 cases involving capital punishment. The first was in 1879. The most recent was in 2009. Here's a brief look at some cases and statistics.
What caused the Civil War and when did it start? Good questions to be sure, but there are probably as many answers as there are historians. These dates and events, however, are probably on everyone's "last straw" list.
It seems that every time a President gets half-way through his second term someone brings up Amendment 22. A look back reveals how the American people handled term limits before the 22nd Amendment, and when and why Amendment 22 came to be.
Did Missouri secede from the Union or was it a loyal Union state? It's been said you can have your own opinions, but you can't have your own facts. But when it comes to the American Civil War, I wonder.
George Washington was unanimously elected the nation's first President with 69 electoral votes. A review of the Electoral College indicates there should have been 81 votes available. What happened to the missing 12 votes?
America's first presidential election took place in 1788-89. Unlike today, there were no candidates for Vice President. The first place loser became Vice President, but what happened to the other candidates?
The "Tree of Liberty" was the colonists' symbol of freedom during their days before the Revolutionary War. See how the tree got its name and what happened to it.
American women started fighting for the right to vote in 1848, but it wasn't until 1920 that the 19th Amendment made that happen. See what role Harry T. Burn played in its ratification.
Stone Mountain and Mt. Rushmore were both started by the same sculptor. Take a look back and see how these two monuments came to be.
The US Supreme Court was created in 1789. So far, 112 men and women have served as Justices and each is unique in his/her own way, but here's my pick for the top five.
Only once in our nation's history has an Amendment failed and been repealed. Here's a short history of the 18th Amendment.
Lesson 1: God's Plan of Salvation. This series will explore God's Holy Word and all scriptures are from the King James version unless otherwise noted.
Shorts and short-shorts are not just fashion statements. They are writing terms for short stories. Depending on the publication, this could mean fewer than 1,000, 500, or even 100 words. Writing a story of fewer than 100 words from a photo prompt is a great way to beat writer's block ...
Selma, Alabama, was an important military manufacturing center during the War Between the States. It became the scene of other violence during the 1960s.
Short biography of Charles Dawes, the 30th Vice President of the United States. Reprint of Historically Yours column which appeared in the Boonville Daily News on June 6, 2013.
Listen as an elder tells a Christmas story to a little one. Originally published in "Well Versed: Literary Works 2009"
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