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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
The Alabama in a gale at Cape Town
Front Cover
5th Army Corps (I)
16th Army Corps (II)
8th Army Corps (I)
Our battery at the front. Reveille after an anxious night
Booth and Harold Crossing the Potomac
Battlefields, Marches and Principal Stations of the Second Regiment of Dragoons
Back Cover
Execution of the Assassins
Map of Raids and Battle by the Second Regiment of Cavalry
10th Army Corps (I)
Cavalry Command (II)
Dept. of West. Va. (I)
1st Veteran Army Corps
CSS Sumter Crew Portraits
General Baker Spying Around Richmond
Midnight on the Battle Field
Illustrated Title Page
5th Army Corps (II)
Army of the Potomac
Flag used at Gen. Sherman's Headquarters
Book Display II
Back Cover
8th Army Corps (II)
Cavalry Command (I)
Death of J. Wilkes Booth, the Chief Conspirator
General Baker Foils Wirz's Attempt at Suicide
Gen. Sherman's Headquarters
Gen. Custer's Flag
Title Page
19th Army Corps (III)
3rd Army Corps (II)
Front Cover
The Sumter, Kearsarge and Tuscarora at Gibraltar
6th Army Corps (I)
15th Army Corps (II)
15th Army Corps (I)
19th Army Corps (II)
Death of Sergeant Dyer while spiking his gun
Detective work Around the Baltimore Depot
Title Page
16th Army Corps (I)
CSS Alabama Crew Portraits
6th Army Corps (II)
22nd Army Corps (II)
The Tragedy at Garrett's
4th Army Corps (I)
12th Army Corps (II)
11th Army Corps (I)
Famous Union Battle Flags V
17th Army Corps (I)
20th Army Corps (IV)
Inquest Held Upon the Body of Booth
Headquarters of the Army of the Potomac
Flight of Booth and Harold
Gen. Grants Headquarters
24th Army Corps (II)
Headquarters of the Department of the Cumberland
Front Cover
The combat between the Alabama and the Hatteras off Galveston on the 11th of January, 1863
18th Army Corps (I)
The Poor Woman Seeking Her Boy
Confederate Battle Flags
The Dying Soldier, the Last Letter from Home
Artillery National
14th Army Corps (III)
2nd Army Corps (I)
Rebel Contribution to the Loyal Cause
A Woman in Battle -
1st Army Corps (I)
14th Army Corps (IV)
21st Army Corps (II)
9th Army Corps (II)
Headquarters of the Army of the Ohio
The Coffin Contained Fifty-Six Sharp's Rifles
Infantry Regimental
Cavalry Corps (IV)
Frontispiece Portrait of Lafayette Charles Baker
18th Army Corps (II)
Famous Union Battle Flags I
Back Cover
Secret Burial of Booth
2nd Army Corps (II)
17th Army Corps (II)
Headquarters of Gen. Burnside's Command
Front Cover
Famous Union Battle Flags III
Gen. Kilpatrick's Flag and 9th Army Corps
14th Army Corps (I)
Before the Charge, Resaca, 1846
Women of the War, Famous Nurses of Union Soldiers
21st Army Corps (I)


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


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