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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
Secret Burial of Booth
Cavalry Corps (IV)
Famous Union Battle Flags I
The Poor Woman Seeking Her Boy
14th Army Corps (III)
The combat between the Alabama and Kearsarge off Cherbourg on the 19th of June, 1864
Capture of a Rebel Blockade Runner
Army of the Potomac
Flight of Booth and Harold
Title Page
4th Army Corps (IV)
Women of the War, Famous Nurses of Union Soldiers
21st Army Corps (II)
Headquarters of the Army of the Potomac
The blowing up of the James River Fleet on the night of the evacuation of Richmond
24th Army Corps (II)
10th Army Corps (II)
Before the Charge, Resaca, 1846
Gen. Averill's Headquarters Flag and Gen. John F. Reynold's Flag
Fleeing from the Land of Bondage on the Mississippi River in 1863
The Sumter running the blockade of Pass al Outre by the enemy's ship
Rebel Contribution to the Loyal Cause
Death of Sergeant Dyer while spiking his gun
Book Display II
Back Cover
23rd Army Corps (II)
Flag used at Gen. Sherman's Headquarters
Back Cover
The Maddest Man in All Maryland
A Rebel Shell Bursting in a Union Hospital
4th Army Corps (I)
Army of Tennessee
Execution of the Assassins
17th Army Corps (I)
18th Army Corps (II)
Back Cover
19th Army Corps (II)
Prayer Meeting in a Contraband Camp, Washington, 1862
Receiving Religious Tracts From Belle Boyd in the Rebel Stockade at Manassas Junction
Death of J. Wilkes Booth, the Chief Conspirator
Second Dragons Unit II
22nd Army Corps (II)
15th Army Corps (II)
20th Army Corps (IV)
Title Page
24th Army Corps (I)
Gen. Grants Headquarters
Famous Union Battle Flags IV
Gen. Custer's Flag
The combat between the Alabama and the Hatteras off Galveston on the 11th of January, 1863
9th Army Corps (I)
Planning the Capture of Booth
"Ours", 1864, Army of the Potomac
20th Army Corps (III)
Dept. of West. Va. (I)
Cavalry Corps (III)
1st Veteran Army Corps
Red Star Brigade and the Regular Brigade Flag
Inquest Held Upon the Body of Booth
Famous Union Battle Flags VII
7th Army Corps (II)
Booth and Harold Crossing the Potomac
Headquarters of Gen. Burnside's Command
Second Dragons Unit IV
4th Army Corps (III)
Gen. Kilpatrick's Flag and 9th Army Corps
The Tragedy at Garrett's
18th Army Corps (I)
Title Page
Book Display I
3rd Army Corps (II)
Artillery National
12th Army Corps (I)
8th Army Corps (I)
The Sumter, Kearsarge and Tuscarora at Gibraltar
19th Army Corps (IV)
Cavalry Corps (I)
17th Army Corps (II)
15th Army Corps (I)
1st Army Corps (II)
Second Dragons Unit III
Map of Raids and Battle by the Second Regiment of Cavalry
Famous Union Battle Flags II
General Baker Spying Around Richmond
19th Army Corps (III)
Front Cover
1st Cavalry Division
7th Army Corps (I)
Front Cover
Back Cover
6th Army Corps (I)
25th Army Corps (II)
11th Army Corps (I)
22nd 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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