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Civil War 'Silent Sentinels' still on guard in North, South (Desert News)

After the Civil War ended in April 1865, statues depicting Union and Confederate soldiers went up across the country, from New England squares to Southern courthouses. A century and a half later, these weathered "Silent Sentinels" still stand guard, rifles at the ready, gazing off in the distance.

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Tennessee commemorates Civil War by cataloging artifacts (Knoxville News Sentinel )

What’s hiding in your attic? On April 30 and May 1, historians and archivists from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 S. Gay Street in Knoxville, to record and digitize Civil War materials owned by residents.

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Mysterious Civil War Photo Was Really Teenage Hoax (Huffington Post )

For three decades, the stained and blurry photograph presented a great mystery to Civil War historians. It was a picture taken of another photo in a peeling, gilded frame. In the foreground stood a man, his back to the camera, wearing an overcoat and a hat. In the center, visible amid stains and apparent water damage, was a ship.

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Civil War-era items discovered in burglary sting (Fox31 Denver )

In 2010, evidence investigators found a tin container full of old photos and documents from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The container was recovered from a burglary case involving two men who broke into more than 40 storage units in the greater metro area.

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Library of Congress acquires rare trove of Civil War images (Fox)

A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.

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Hispanic activists pushing for more recognition of 'Glorieta Pass' from US Civil War (The Republic)

Hispanic activists in New Mexico are pushing for state schools to teach students about an important Civil War battle involving Latino and Native American Union soldiers

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National Civil War Museum rejects Harrisburg mayor's request for $183K in annual rent (The Patriot-News)

National Civil War Museum officials rejected Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse's offer to boost their $1 annual rent to $183,000, saying they can't afford it.

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Senators look to triple size of historic battlefield (The Progress-Index )

U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine ( both D-Va.) introduced legislation today that would more than triple the size of Petersburg National Battlefield as the state and nation marks the 150th anniversary of the battles fought in the Siege of Petersburg, which marked the beginning of the end of the Civil War.

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UNG series on Civil War explores effect on Georgia (AccessNorthGA )

How was Gen. William T. Sherman's assault on Atlanta like Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans?

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Georgia bill would protect Civil War, other monuments despite any local objections (Athens Banner-Herald )

Proposed Georgia legislation would prohibit the removal of monuments despite any future objections to them.

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Wine from Civil War-era shipwreck to be uncorked in South Carolina (Bangor Daily News)

An intact bottle of wine recovered four years ago from the wreck of a Civil War blockade runner that sank off the coast of Bermuda in 1864 is going to be uncorked and sipped on Friday during a food festival in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Divers bring up 400 items -- so far -- from Civil War ironclad in Savannah (CNN)

on a Civil War ship in the Deep South was no pleasure cruise. Heat, humidity, the rigors of military life and bouts of boredom could frustrate a fella. So it may be no surprise that among the first artifacts to be brought up from the wreck of the CSS Georgia in Savannah are two sets of leg irons.

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Castle Museum's Civil War exhibit explores Saginaw's ties to the Grand Army of the Republic (Michigan Live)

Want to see inside a 100-year-old time capsule? The once-soggy contents of a copper box that spent a century inside a rock in Saginaw's Bliss Park are dry and on display in the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History's latest exhibit, "Home from the War: Saginaw's Civil War Veterans."

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Park proposed for Ohio Civil War battle site from Morgan’s Raid (The Columbus Dispatch )

Officials hoping to boost tourism in an eastern Ohio county are seeking a U.S. National Park Service grant to help create a park commemorating a raid by Confederate Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan.

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Geneseo stage brings life to Civil War love letters (Democrat & Chronicle)

In 1862, Col. John Rorbach of Geneseo left his wife and two young children to help Gen. James S. Wadsworth organize and train the 104th N.Y. Volunteer Infantry, a regiment from the Genesee Valley, also known as the Wadsworth Guards. While apart, Rorbach and his wife, Elizabeth "Libby" Vance Rorbach, wrote to each other several times a week.

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Land with Civil War significance to be acquired in Pa. (Herald Mail Media)

Final preparations are under way for the Friends of Monterey Pass Battlefield Inc. to gain access to 116 acres that served as the retreat route during a key Civil War battle.

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Florida Frontiers: Civil War battle to pull Florida back into Union (Florida Today)

The loud booming of cannon fire ripped through the north Florida pine forest 15 miles east of Lake City as startled cavalry horses whinnied. Repeated rifle fire rang through the trees as more than 10,000 soldiers confronted each other on February 20, 1864, near Ocean Pond.

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Anacostia Museum Features Slave Family’s Story In Civil War (CBS Baltimore )

The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum is opening a new exhibit exploring the struggles and achievements of one slave family in Maryland before and after the Civil War.

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Preserving images of the Civil War in the age of Google (Journal Sentinel )

Among the hundreds of pictures of Civil War soldiers in the collection of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, one stands out for its autograph.

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Civil War Diary Donated To Pea Ridge National Military Park (5 News)

A Confederate soldier’s diary was donated to the museum at the Pea Ridge Military Park, according to supervisor Troy Banzhaf.

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Clean-up crews to unearth massive Civil War weapon cache in South Carolina river (Daily News )

A huge cache of Civil War weapons that was dumped in a South Carolina river 150 years ago may soon be unearthed thanks to an environmental clean-up.

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Mystery of missing Civil War submarines resurfaces (USA Today)

A local historian and urban archaeologist thinks he's solved a mystery: What happened to four Confederate submersibles known to be in Shreveport during the last two years of the Civil War, but missing in action since then.

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New Bern resident, son of Civil War soldier, dies at 97 (Fox)

Luke Martin Jr., whose father was an ex-slave and Civil War Union soldier, has died — 179 years after his father was born.

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Civil War saga: Black re-enactors tell their side of the story (The State)

Visitors who come to these commemorations believing they understand the conflict often are astonished to see a black man in a blue uniform, and to learn that 200,000 black soldiers and sailors fought in the Civil War.

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Holy Spirit School students help with Civil War veteran’s burial (Troy Record)

The installation of a marble, monolith gravestone for a Civil War veteran who previously had an unmarked grave took place Monday morning, with the help of middle school students from the Holy Spirit School.

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Civil War: A Tightening Grip on Richmond (RVA News)

By October of 1864, the siege of Petersburg was into its fourth month. During the summer, the Union army had focused on cutting off Petersburg (and thus Richmond) from key Confederate supply lines located west of the city. But by October, a handful of roads and railroad lines still delivered supplies and reinforcements to the Confederate defenders manning the trenches. Union General Ulysses S. Grant had made some progress by summer’s end, but had yet to cut off the city completely, which he knew could bring the war to a quick close.

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Development threatens Williamsburg Battlefield (The Flat Hat)

In April, Preservation Virginia featured the Williamsburg Battlefield in its list of most endangered historical sites in Virginia. The battle’s name, “The Battle of Williamsburg,” can be a bit misleading — the site actually spreads across three municipalities, James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg.

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Civil War re-enactors mark 150th anniversary of Battle of Atlanta (Reuters)

They were among a crowd of about 100 Civil War re-enactors who descended on East Atlanta Village on Saturday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Atlanta, which was fought just outside Georgia's present-day capital and ended in a Union victory.

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Marching through Georgia (The Economist)

The American South will never forget William Tecumseh Sherman. One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1864, General Sherman led an army of 60,000 northerners through Georgia and the Carolinas, burning Atlanta and foraging off the land. He aimed to shatter the Confederates into submission and to hasten the end of the civil war. Sherman’s “March to the Sea” endures as one of the most memorable, and innovative, campaigns of the four-year conflict.

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"Attack on Washington: The Last Invasion" Civil War Trail Opens (WFMD News)

A 5th Civil War Trail opened this week in the region. It's called the "Attack on Washington: The Last Invasion." "And it's following the route of Confederate General Jubal Early as he tried to take the Capitol," says Anne Kyle with the Maryland Office of Tourism Development.

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Grant launches bloody campaign to end Civil War (Chicago Tribune)

In May 1864, Gen. U.S. Grant launched the campaign that would eventually end the Civil War. The bigger, better-supplied Army of the Potomac had a revised mission: Not to regain lost territory or capture secessionist cities but to hunt down and destroy Gen. Robert E. Lee's army.

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Auction of skull of Civil War soldier found at Gettysburg canceled (Reuters)

Facing wide criticism, including from the National Parks Service, an auction house has canceled plans to sell the skull of a Civil War soldier and military relics found near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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Civil War Trust honors Midstate preservationists (The Tennesseean)

The nation’s largest Civil War battlefield preservation group gave its annual top honors to state Deputy House Speaker Steve McDaniel, the city of Franklin and Murfreesboro’s Stones River National Battlefield.

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Civil War Sesquicentennial Continues (The News-Gazette)

Every American needs to continue the multi-year commemoration of the Civil War which took place 150 years ago, 1860-1865.

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Recognition for black Civil War soldiers at Jefferson Barracks (KSDK.com)

It took more than a year, but a local history and genealogy group has successfully lobbied the Department of Veteran Affairs. The goal: get proper recognition for the 56th U.S. Colored Infantry.

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Race To Unearth Civil War-Era Artifacts Before Developer Digs In (NPR)

About a dozen archaeologists in downtown Columbia, S.C., are focused on a 165-acre sliver of land that was a prisoner of war camp during the Civil War. Last summer, the property was sold, and the group is trying to recover artifacts before a developer builds condos and shops there.

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The Civil War Trust donates 11.5 acres to Chesterfield for Howlett Line Park (Village News)

Howlett Line Park in Chesterfield, Va., is adding 11.5 acres of key land donated by the Civil War Trust. The acreage encompasses parts of Confederate defense lines from the Bermuda Hundred Campaign, which began in Chesterfield County in May 1864. Construction on new markers and a trail will begin soon.

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Search on for descendants of Civil War battle veterans (Progress-Index.com)

With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of New Market just two months away, efforts are increasing to locate descendants of the Virginia Military Institute cadets who fought at what was one of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia's key battles on May 15, 1864.

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USS Monitor Conservation Lab to close from funding woes (Daily Press)

Conservators at The Mariners' Museum were preparing to shut down a 5,000-square-foot treatment lab and stop work on the historic gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor Thursday following the expiration of an agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuary Program

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