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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
Gen. Grants Headquarters
Rebel Contribution to the Loyal Cause
4th Army Corps (III)
Gen. Sheridan's Battle Flag
Before the Charge, Resaca, 1846
Gen. Averill's Headquarters Flag and Gen. John F. Reynold's Flag
18th Army Corps (I)
12th Army Corps (I)
Famous Union Battle Flags I
8th Army Corps (I)
Book Display II
10th Army Corps (I)
Gen. Kilpatrick's Flag and 9th Army Corps
Famous Union Battle Flags V
4th Army Corps (II)
2nd Army Corps (I)
Artillery National
The Alabama in a gale at Cape Town
Gen. Custer's Flag
Capture of a Rebel Blockade Runner
1st Army Corps (I)
Famous Union Battle Flags II
Artillery Regimental
Front Cover
Famous Union Battle Flags VII
Gen. Sherman's Headquarters
19th Army Corps (IV)
Cavalry Corps (I)
Death of Sergeant Dyer while spiking his gun
Red Star Brigade and the Regular Brigade Flag
Death of J. Wilkes Booth, the Chief Conspirator
Title Page
Title Page
Cavalry Corps (III)
Execution of the Assassins
9th Army Corps (I)
Capture of a Rebel Congressman on the Suspension Bridge at Niagara Falls
Second Dragons Unit I
16th Army Corps (II)
1st Cavalry Division
Our battery at the front. Reveille after an anxious night
7th Army Corps (I)
Flag used at Gen. Sherman's Headquarters
The combat between the Alabama and Kearsarge off Cherbourg on the 19th of June, 1864
Illustrated Title Page
Battlefields, Marches and Principal Stations of the Second Regiment of Dragoons
20th Army Corps (IV)
3rd Army Corps (I)
19th Army Corps (II)
Midnight on the Battle Field
Headquarters of the Department of the Cumberland
7th Army Corps (II)
Planning the Capture of Booth
The Alabama capturing her first prize off Pico, one of the western islands
11th Army Corps (II)
A Rebel Shell Bursting in a Union Hospital
Detective work Around the Baltimore Depot
Dept. of West. Va. (I)
Map of Raids and Battle by the Second Regiment of Cavalry
Front Cover
Reserve Cavalry Bridge and Cavalry Corps
Book Display II
Front Cover
8th Army Corps (II)
6th Army Corps (II)
23rd Army Corps (II)
Inquest Held Upon the Body of Booth
Army of Tennessee
11th Army Corps (I)
4th Army Corps (I)
Cavalry Command (I)
Book Display I
The blowing up of the James River Fleet on the night of the evacuation of Richmond
1st Veteran Army Corps
Cavalry and Light Artillery
25th Army Corps (I)
20th Army Corps (I)
Headquarters of the Army of the Ohio
Women of the War, Famous Nurses of Union Soldiers
Infantry Regimental
Headquarters of the Army of the Potomac
3rd Army Corps (II)
A Woman in Battle -
Famous Union Battle Flags IV
15th Army Corps (I)
14th Army Corps (III)
1st Army Corps (II)
21st Army Corps (I)
With a Cry of Distress He Staggered and Fell
The Sumter, Kearsarge and Tuscarora at Gibraltar
General Baker Foils Wirz's Attempt at Suicide
The Coffin Contained Fifty-Six Sharp's Rifles
Confederate Battle Flags
The Alabama in a cyclone in the Gulf Stream on the 16th October, 1862


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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