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Civil War Trust

Hallowed Ground: Fall 2014

Featured Online Articles

This issue of the Civil War Trust's membership magazine includes features on the 1864 Election, the Petersburg Campaign, Sherman's March to the Sea, and the Shenandoah Campaign. To see all online articles from past issues of the membership magazine, visit the Back Issue Index »

Election of 1864

The Election of 1864

In 1864, voters were casting they ballots not only for a presidential candidate, but also to determined the broader fate of the Union.Read the article »

Petersburg Campaign

“A little more butchery. A little more slaughter.”

James S. Price

After failing to seize the vital Confederate supply hub at Petersburg, Va., Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant sought to regain momentum by authorizing a bridgehead north of the James River that would allow simultaneous pushes against Richmond and Petersburg. Battles fought from July through October 1864 in this nearly forgotten sector saw a combined loss of approximately 15,000 men, four generals killed in action and the first Medals of Honor issued to black soldiers in U.S. history.Read the article »

Scorched Earth

Scorched Earth

John F. Marszalek

Major General William Tecumseh Sherman's vision of hard war brought the Confederacy to its knees, resulting in sheer destruction in Georgia. At the same time, his methods forestalled thousands of battlefields and civilian deaths, and included generous terms of surrender. Learn more about his contradictory legacy.Read the article »

Again into the Valley of Fire

Again into the Valley of Fire

Dennis Frye

Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant summoned Maj. Gen. Philip Henry Sheridan into the Shenandoah Valley with a dual mission — destroy Jubal Early’s army and destroy the Valley of Virginia. As an added benefit, Sheridan's Shenandoah victories ensured Lincoln a second term in the 1864 election for the president.Read the article »

Jim Vaughan

Jim Vaughan

Profiles in Preservation

Jim Vaughan, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) and State Historic Preservation Officer, has played a key role in Pennsylvania's history.Read the article »

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