Why Lincoln Matters: Honest Abe

One of the first things you may have learned about President Lincoln was that he was honest. To many kids, and even some adults, Abraham Lincoln remains “Honest Abe.” His honesty, humor and intelligence—these are just a few of the qualities that make him a source of inspiration for many Americans. When preparing for the…

Eight Ways You Can Honor Lincoln, 150 Years After His Death

April 14, 2015, will mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre. Lincoln died at 7:22 a.m. at the Petersen House, just across the street from the theatre, on April 15, 1865. In that moment, a nation lost a leader whose life and legacy changed the country forever. Today, the Ford’s Theatre…

Civil War 150: Sinking the USS Housatonic

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The Civil War was a time of innovation and technological changes to the art of warfare. The world saw the creation of new guns and weapons, including the machine gun and repeating rifles. The railroad was built at rapid speed in order to connect the West to the East.

Civil War 150: Desertion in the Union Army

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Desertion was a problem for both the Confederate and the Union armies, even though it was a serious offense punishable by death. Politicians and generals complained that soldiers were being granted leave on the eve of major battles in which their presence was necessary to the cause. After the Battle of Fredericksburg, when morale was…

Civil War 150: The Gettysburg Address

On November 19, 1863, 15,000 people stood in the brisk autumn air in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, to partake in the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Four months earlier, the ground had been littered with bodies and remnants of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War.