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South Carolina on Dec. 20, 1860, seceded and prepared for war, and by Feb. 1, 1861, had been followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas. On Feb, 4 they formed the Confederate States. In the spring North Carolina, Arkansas, Virginia and Tennessee joined the Confederacy.

On April 14, 1861, South Carolina attacked Fort Sumter, and the Civil War began. It closed on April 9, 1865, at Appomattox, Va. It had engaged 2,780,000 Federal and 1,000,000 Confederate troops; cost 500,000 lives; encumbered the nation with a debt of $2,800,000,000; and almost ruined the south.

For details of this bitter and exhausting struggle the reader is referred to accounts (under proper titles) of the important battles, as Bull Run, Donelson, Shiloh, Stone River, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chickamauga, the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Mission Ridge and Atlanta, as, also, to sketches of the great leaders, as Lincoln, Grant, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Logan and others of the Federal side and Davis, Lee, Beauregard, Johnston, Jackson and others of the Confederates.

It should be noted, however, that, while the final issue was determined in the results of these great battles, any adequate understanding of the intensity and strain of this titanic struggle must be sought in the story of hundreds of minor engagements, for the record shows that during 1862-4 every day saw a clash of arms, and it is a literal fact that the roar of artillery and the rattle of musketry did not cease for one day during these dreadful years.

Available Books


Image Name
Famous Union Battle Flags I
Famous Union Battle Flags VI
Famous Union Battle Flags IV
General Baker Foils Wirz's Attempt at Suicide
Gen. Custer's Flag
Booth and Harold Crossing the Potomac
5th Army Corps (II)
10th Army Corps (II)
CSS Alabama Crew Portraits
Book Display II
Col. Bakers Interview with Jeff. Davis
Illustrated Title Page
The Coffin Contained Fifty-Six Sharp's Rifles
Back Cover
12th Army Corps (II)
The Dying Soldier, the Last Letter from Home
Front Cover
7th Army Corps (II)
Planning the Capture of Booth
14th Army Corps (II)
Second Dragons Unit II
1st Army Corps (II)
14th Army Corps (IV)
3rd Army Corps (II)
Book Display I
Col. Baker Carrying Dispatches to General Banks
Fleeing from the Land of Bondage on the Mississippi River in 1863
Second Dragons Unit IV
Cavalry Corps (I)
The Tragedy at Garrett's
8th Army Corps (I)
4th Army Corps (IV)
25th Army Corps (II)
Cavalry Corps (II)
4th Army Corps (III)
1st Army Corps (I)
11th Army Corps (I)
A Woman in Battle -
Headquarters of the Army of the Ohio
The blowing up of the James River Fleet on the night of the evacuation of Richmond
5th Army Corps (I)
Confederate Battle Flags
Infantry Regimental
"Ours", 1864, Army of the Potomac
Dept. of West. Va. (II)
Front Cover
Death of Sergeant Dyer while spiking his gun
The combat between the Alabama and Kearsarge off Cherbourg on the 19th of June, 1864
2nd Army Corps (II)
Title Page
Prayer Meeting in a Contraband Camp, Washington, 1862
24th Army Corps (II)
14th Army Corps (III)
Back Cover
Reserve Cavalry Bridge and Cavalry Corps
A Rebel Shell Bursting in a Union Hospital
19th Army Corps (III)
23rd Army Corps (I)
Gen. Sherman's Headquarters
16th Army Corps (I)
Title Page
Detective work Around the Baltimore Depot
Headquarters of the Department of the Cumberland
Receiving Religious Tracts From Belle Boyd in the Rebel Stockade at Manassas Junction
Front Cover
Romance and Reality
Back Cover
12th Army Corps (I)
Second Dragons Unit III
Gen. Sheridan's Battle Flag
16th Army Corps (II)
21st Army Corps (I)
Famous Union Battle Flags VII
Execution of the Assassins
4th Army Corps (II)
18th Army Corps (I)
The Alabama in a cyclone in the Gulf Stream on the 16th October, 1862
1st Veteran Army Corps
The Maddest Man in All Maryland
20th Army Corps (III)
Gen. Averill's Headquarters Flag and Gen. John F. Reynold's Flag
The combat between the Alabama and the Hatteras off Galveston on the 11th of January, 1863
9th Army Corps (I)
General Baker Spying Around Richmond
Army of the Potomac
Back Cover
Second Dragons Unit I
1st Cavalry Division
3rd Army Corps (I)
20th Army Corps (IV)
17th Army Corps (I)
15th Army Corps (II)
The Sumter, Kearsarge and Tuscarora at Gibraltar
25th Army Corps (I)


Map Name
From Everglade to Canon with the Second Dragoons - Map of Raids and Battles by the Second Regiment of Cavalry (1875)
From Everglade to Canon with the Second Dragoons - Battlefields, Marches and Principal Stations of the Second Regiment of Cavalry (1875)


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