The 1938 Gettysburg reunion was a Gettysburg Battlefield encampment of American Civil War veterans for the Battle of Gettysburg's 75th anniversary. The gathering included approximately 25 Gettysburg battle veterans:72 and had totals of 1,359 Federal and 486 Confederate attendees of the 8,000 remaining war veterans. The veterans averaged 94 years of age, and transportation, quarters, and subsistence was federally funded for each and their attendant, who the veterans were instructed to bring (an attendant, e.g., a Boy Scout, was provided if needed). President Franklin D. Roosevelt's July 3 reunion address preceded the unveiling of the Eternal Light Peace Memorial, and a newsreel with part of the address was included in the Westinghouse Time Capsule for the 1939 New York World's Fair.
St. Louis County (KSDK)--An estimated 180,000 African Americans fought in the Civil War, many of them newly freed slaves who literally fought for their freedom while in the military.
There is a local effort to properly recognize a group of Missouri Civil War soldiers.
The 56th Infantry Regiment, U-S Colored Troops was made up of Missouri slaves who enlisted to fight in the Civil War for the Union.
There will be a recognition and remembrance service next month at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for the members of the 56th who are buried there.
The service will include a reading of the names of all 175 soldiers who died in the cholera epidemic of 1866.
That service takes place August 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Jefferson Barracks.
During the Civil War, soldiers fought with their courage and character. But courage and character only got them so far. In the field, they relied heavily on their equipment.
The Civil War was known as the first "modern" war because of the guns and other weapons brought to the battlefield for the first time. Take a look at what Union troops carried with them to their victory at Gettysburg.
From Digital First Video
Set during the American Civil War, the short begins with a Northern General (James C. Morton) assigning Larry, Moe, and Curly (as Operators 12, 14 and 15, respectively) to sneak behind enemy lines and obtain secrets. Disguising themselves as southern officers and taking the names Lieutenant Duck, Captain Dodge and Major Hyde, they insinuate themselves into the mansion of southern officer, Colonel Butts (Bud Jamison).
This is the first of several Stooge shorts in which they play enlisted soldiers. The Civil War was the setting for many of those shorts, and the Stooges fought for both sides (sometimes within the same short).
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STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (WXIA) -- It's one of Georgia's most famous landmarks and the largest carving of its type in the world.
But now an Atlanta man wants the Confederate Memorial relief on Stone Mountain removed.
"It's almost like a black eye or an embarrassing smudge on our culture," McCartney Forde told 11Alive News on Monday.
That's how Forde feels about the 2 football field-wide carving of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson that towers 400 feet above the mountain's base.
( CBS News) WALNUT COVE, N.C. - In most schools, getting kids to care about Civil War history is a losing battle, but at London Elementary in Walnut Cove, N.C., they’re winning the war - by reliving it.
For three full school days every spring, the fifth graders walk out of their classrooms and into one of the most elaborate grade-school history lessons in America.
“It hit me,” Kloe said. “If it was real, I’d see my best friend fall on the ground and not get back up.”
Most history teachers work a lifetime hoping for a fraction of that connection.
Props to Teacher Eric Marshall for making history fun and worth learning about.
"One of Rory's favorite songs on the new record is the opening tune, "Josephine," which was inspired by letters written by a Civil War soldier. "When we bought our farm house in 1999, I joined the historic society in our community," Rory says, "and one of the things I got to read were letters J.W. Robinson had written to his wife, Josephine."
Rory was extremely moved by the raw emotion in the letters. "He was missing his wife," Rory says. "The grammar was terrible and his spelling was terrible, but the way that he spoke to his wife and the way that he talked was so much more beautiful than any of it today.
He always ended every letter with something like, 'your loving husband while I remain among the living.' I just started writing and the whole song happened. A lot of it was straight out of the letters ...
As the story went on and he ended up saying, 'If I get killed, don't grieve me too long. Marry someone else and don't let him treat our baby bad. When you are making love to him, think of me' and it just killed me. It still kills me today. So when Joey wanted to record that on the album, I was thrilled to put a song like that on our record with hopes that people might hear it.""
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