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Officers and sailors of the U.S.S. Monitor grouped by the turret
 

These articles concentrate on the stories of the common soldier, whether from the North or South. Most were farmers or came from small towns. In the beginning, the prevailing opinion was that the war would last three months or less. Toward the end, some thought it would go on forever. One dimension considered here is the often forgotten civilian role during the war. What was happening in the relatively peaceful areas of the North, and in the invaded parts of the South?

Union Soldiers and Sailors

Confederate Soldiers and Sailors

Northern Civilians

Southern Civilians

 

 
    The Slavery Period
(1619-1860)

The American Revolution, Constitution and Founding
Fathers (1770-1820)

Jacksonian Democracy, Abolitionism and the Failure
of Unity (1820-1860)
 
    1861       1863        1865
1862       1864
 
    Abraham Lincoln
Other Unionists
Jefferson Davis
Other Confederates
 
    Ulysses S. Grant
Other Union Leaders

Robert E. Lee
Other Confederate Leaders
 
  Union Soldiers and Sailors
Confederate Soldiers and Sailors
Northern Civilians
Southern Civilians
 
  Slavery During the War
The Growth of Freedmen
The Emancipation Proclamation
United States Colored Troops
 
  The North
The South
From Slavery to Freedom
– and Back Again
 
   
 
  Washington, DC, Area During the War
Richmond During the War
The Medical Field During the War
Modern Events About the Civil War
Movies About the Civil War
Newspapers, Magazines, Books on the Civil War
Other
 
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