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What Was the First Major Battle of the American Civil War

The American Civil War was marked by several critical battles, but The First Battle of Manassas, also known as the First Battle of Bull Run, holds a special...

What Makes the American Civil War Unique in History?

Join Battlefield Tours of Virginia as we discuss the aspects of the American Civil War that make the conflict unique in history.
Officers of the Union Quartermaster's Department

What Did the Soldiers of the American Civil War Have in Common?

Join Battlefield Tours of Virginia as we discuss what Confederate and Union soldiers had in common during the American Civil War.

What Was the Bloodiest Day of the American Civil War?

The American Civil War was a pivotal moment in American history, with the conflict between the Union and the Confederacy resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands...
Lincoln and McClellan in 1862

Who Won the American Civil War and Why?

The Union (also known as the North) won the American Civil War. The main reasons for the Union’s victory were its superior resources (including manpower), transportation, and industrial...
Civil War reporters on the first lines.

How Did the American Civil War Change American Society?

As we’ve discussed previously on the Battlefield Tours of Virginia Blog, the legacy of the American Civil War is still being felt today.  With around 750,000 casualties and...
The inauguration of Jefferson Davis in Montgomery, Alabama

Was the American Civil War Unavoidable?

Whether the American Civil War could have been avoided has been passionately debated since April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces opened fire on the Union-held Fort Sumter. All...
Depiction of the Bombardment of Fort Sumter

What Were the Main Reasons for the US Civil War?

“A house divided against itself cannot stand…” – Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, IllinoisJune 16, 1858 The event that triggered the American Civil War was the Confederate army’s opening fire on...
Civil war cemetery

How Did the American Civil War End?

Between 1861 and 1865, around three million Americans fought in the Civil War, a conflict that would eventually leave up to a million people dead, including over one...

Washington D.C. to Charlottesville: 2 Culpeper Battlefields Along the Way

For many visitors to our nation’s capital in Washington D.C., it is a must to visit Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, Virginia. This long 3-hour drive can...
Vicksburg National Military Park

Top 10 American Civil War Sites 

The Civil War was an epic moment in American history that would define a nation as the North and South fought over their personal ideals. Though the events...

7 Little-Known Battlefield Sites Still Worth Visiting

There are many Civil War battlefield sites that are not well known but are still worth visiting. Many battlefields are lesser known because of their geographic location, they...
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