Civil War

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass: The Slave That Freed the Slaves

Frederick Douglass was a great author, orator, statesman, a licensed preacher, and a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. He spoke internationally against slavery and fought for equal rights among every human and encompassing all peoples – including blacks, Native Americans, women and recent immigrants. He was such a stunning orator that many had trouble …

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Lincoln and Davis

Comparing the Civil War Commanders-in-Chief: Lincoln and Davis

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Northerners could hardly be blamed for feeling that their Southern brethren were more fortunate in their president’s prospects as commander-in-chief.  Jefferson Davis was a West Point graduate and although his career at the military academy was less than stellar—he was placed under house arrest for joining other …

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Drummer boy Clem during the American Civil War. (Credits: Public Domain)

John L. Clem was 12 years old when he became a Civil War hero

“The Drummer Boy of Chickamauga” was 12 years old when he was promoted to sergeant after firing on a Confederate colonel who was attempting to capture him. At that point John Lincoln Clem became the youngest non-commissioned officer in U.S. history and a Civil War hero. Born John Joseph Klem in 1851 to immigrant parents, he …

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