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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
Midnight on the Battle Field
Capture of a Rebel Congressman on the Suspension Bridge at Niagara Falls
Back Cover
3rd Army Corps (I)
Booth and Harold Crossing the Potomac
Headquarters of the Department of the Cumberland
Frontispiece Portrait of Lafayette Charles Baker
Headquarters of the Army of the Potomac
Gen. Sheridan's Battle Flag
Headquarters of Gen. Burnside's Command
Title Page
Famous Union Battle Flags VI
Famous Union Battle Flags II
The Alabama in a cyclone in the Gulf Stream on the 16th October, 1862
The combat between the Alabama and Kearsarge off Cherbourg on the 19th of June, 1864
Flight of Booth and Harold
Death of J. Wilkes Booth, the Chief Conspirator
Flag used at Gen. Sherman's Headquarters
Front Cover
4th Army Corps (II)
Confederate Battle Flags
8th Army Corps (I)
4th Army Corps (III)
6th Army Corps (I)
9th Army Corps (II)
Death of Sergeant Dyer while spiking his gun
10th Army Corps (II)
14th Army Corps (II)
Portrait of Raphael Semmes
CSS Alabama Crew Portraits
Famous Union Battle Flags I
Cavalry Command (II)
Artillery Regimental
19th Army Corps (III)
Capture of a Correspondent of the London Times
Second Dragons Unit IV
20th Army Corps (II)
24th Army Corps (I)
Battlefields, Marches and Principal Stations of the Second Regiment of Dragoons
4th Army Corps (I)
5th Army Corps (II)
Front Cover
Back Cover
16th Army Corps (I)
20th Army Corps (IV)
15th Army Corps (I)
Book Display II
Gen. Kilpatrick's Flag and 9th Army Corps
21st Army Corps (I)
Receiving Religious Tracts From Belle Boyd in the Rebel Stockade at Manassas Junction
Map of Raids and Battle by the Second Regiment of Cavalry
Headquarters of the Army of the Ohio
The Dying Soldier, the Last Letter from Home
Women of the War, Famous Nurses of Union Soldiers
12th Army Corps (II)
Cavalry and Light Artillery
14th Army Corps (IV)
Famous Union Battle Flags V
The blowing up of the James River Fleet on the night of the evacuation of Richmond
Illustrated Title Page
The combat between the Alabama and the Hatteras off Galveston on the 11th of January, 1863
1st Cavalry Division
23rd Army Corps (I)
Famous Union Battle Flags VII
22nd Army Corps (II)
8th Army Corps (II)
14th Army Corps (I)
Prayer Meeting in a Contraband Camp, Washington, 1862
With a Cry of Distress He Staggered and Fell
Our battery at the front. Reveille after an anxious night
Inquest Held Upon the Body of Booth
20th Army Corps (III)
Reserve Cavalry Bridge and Cavalry Corps
Army of Tennessee
A Rebel Shell Bursting in a Union Hospital
Fleeing from the Land of Bondage on the Mississippi River in 1863
11th Army Corps (II)
The Poor Woman Seeking Her Boy
Army of the Potomac
The Sumter, Kearsarge and Tuscarora at Gibraltar
7th Army Corps (I)
17th Army Corps (II)
Title Page
Gen. Sherman's Headquarters
Back Cover
Title Page
2nd Army Corps (I)
12th Army Corps (I)
Romance and Reality
Cavalry Command (I)
6th Army Corps (II)
Infantry Regimental
The Alabama capturing her first prize off Pico, one of the western islands
1st Veteran Army Corps
Second Dragons Unit 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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