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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
Fleeing from the Land of Bondage on the Mississippi River in 1863
Execution of the Assassins
Women of the War, Famous Nurses of Union Soldiers
Gen. Sheridan's Battle Flag
Confederate Battle Flags
Headquarters of Gen. Burnside's Command
Artillery Regimental
Illustrated Title Page
Red Star Brigade and the Regular Brigade Flag
Famous Union Battle Flags IV
Cavalry and Light Artillery
General Baker Spying Around Richmond
Headquarters of the Department of the Cumberland
17th Army Corps (II)
Front Cover
Front Cover
Col. Baker Carrying Dispatches to General Banks
Famous Union Battle Flags V
The Coffin Contained Fifty-Six Sharp's Rifles
Headquarters of the Army of the Potomac
Back Cover
Gen. Kilpatrick's Flag and 9th Army Corps
Death of J. Wilkes Booth, the Chief Conspirator
Battlefields, Marches and Principal Stations of the Second Regiment of Dragoons
22nd Army Corps (I)
20th Army Corps (II)
Second Dragons Unit III
Cavalry Command (II)
Army of Tennessee
The Tragedy at Garrett's
15th Army Corps (I)
4th Army Corps (III)
Cavalry Command (I)
20th Army Corps (I)
Reserve Cavalry Bridge and Cavalry Corps
Flight of Booth and Harold
Cavalry Corps (II)
The Dying Soldier, the Last Letter from Home
Cavalry Corps (I)
The blowing up of the James River Fleet on the night of the evacuation of Richmond
Second Dragons Unit II
Gen. Sherman's Headquarters
Book Display I
The Poor Woman Seeking Her Boy
1st Army Corps (II)
Headquarters of the Army of the Ohio
19th Army Corps (III)
Back Cover
1st Army Corps (I)
Title Page
24th Army Corps (I)
10th Army Corps (I)
Gen. Averill's Headquarters Flag and Gen. John F. Reynold's Flag
Portrait of Raphael Semmes
9th Army Corps (I)
Col. Bakers Interview with Jeff. Davis
The Alabama in a cyclone in the Gulf Stream on the 16th October, 1862
A Rebel Shell Bursting in a Union Hospital
Famous Union Battle Flags III
"Ours", 1864, Army of the Potomac
4th Army Corps (I)
8th Army Corps (I)
12th Army Corps (I)
Famous Union Battle Flags VI
Receiving Religious Tracts From Belle Boyd in the Rebel Stockade at Manassas Junction
The Alabama capturing her first prize off Pico, one of the western islands
A Woman in Battle -
Army of the Potomac
Title Page
6th Army Corps (II)
The combat between the Alabama and the Hatteras off Galveston on the 11th of January, 1863
Front Cover
Midnight on the Battle Field
Book Display II
7th Army Corps (I)
17th Army Corps (I)
21st Army Corps (II)
Gen. Custer's Flag
Dept. of West. Va. (II)
5th Army Corps (I)
3rd Army Corps (I)
Planning the Capture of Booth
Back Cover
14th Army Corps (I)
The Sumter running the blockade of Pass al Outre by the enemy's ship
Cavalry Corps (IV)
20th Army Corps (III)
14th Army Corps (II)
Frontispiece Portrait of Lafayette Charles Baker
3rd Army Corps (II)
19th Army Corps (II)
Map of Raids and Battle by the Second Regiment of Cavalry
16th Army Corps (I)
23rd Army Corps (II)


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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