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Union Major General Mortimer D. Leggett, photographed sometime between 1860 and 1865. (LOC)

Union Major General Mortimer D. Leggett, photographed sometime between 1860 and 1865. (LOC)

Albert Woolson: He had banged that same drum far more quickly as a member of the First Minnesota Regiment, Heavy Artillery. At 106, he picked up the sticks only to amuse little Frances Kobus, 3. Woolson died three years later, the last of the 3.1 million who had worn the Blue or the Gray in the American Civil War.

Albert Woolson: He had banged that same drum far more quickly as a member of the First Minnesota Regiment, Heavy Artillery. At 106, he picked up the sticks only to amuse little Frances Kobus, 3. Woolson died three years later, the last of the 3.1 million who had worn the Blue or the Gray in the American Civil War.

The Civil War, Part 2: The People - In Focus - The Atlantic

The Civil War, Part 2: The People - In Focus - The Atlantic

Malinda Blalock was a female soldier during the American Civil War who fought bravely on both sides. When the war started, rather than be se...

Malinda Blalock was a female soldier during the American Civil War who fought bravely on both sides. When the war started, rather than be se...

Ulysses S. Grant (USA) | Civil War Academy

Ulysses S. Grant (USA) | Civil War Academy

“There are many men who would have done better than I did under the circumstances in which I found myself. If I had never held command; if I had fallen, there were 10,000 behind who would have followed the contest to the end and never surrendered the Union.”    -Ulysses S. Grant in his memoirs

“There are many men who would have done better than I did under the circumstances in which I found myself. If I had never held command; if I had fallen, there were 10,000 behind who would have followed the contest to the end and never surrendered the Union.” -Ulysses S. Grant in his memoirs

Union General Francis C. Barlow

Union General Francis C. Barlow

Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina. During the Civil War, Smalls steered the CSS Planter, an armed Confederate military transport. On May 12, 1862, the Planter's three white officers decided to spend the night ashore. About 3 am, Smalls and seven of the eight enslaved crewmen decided to make a run for the Union vessels that formed the blockade, as they had earlier planned. Smalls dressed in the captain's uniform and had a straw hat similar to that of the white captain. The…

Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina. During the Civil War, Smalls steered the CSS Planter, an armed Confederate military transport. On May 12, 1862, the Planter's three white officers decided to spend the night ashore. About 3 am, Smalls and seven of the eight enslaved crewmen decided to make a run for the Union vessels that formed the blockade, as they had earlier planned. Smalls dressed in the captain's uniform and had a straw hat similar to that of the white captain. The…

Archer Alexander was born into slavery, survived several attempts at recapture after his escape, and was ultimately memorialized as the model for the liberated slave appearing with Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Freedmen’s Memorial in Washington, DC, and in a biography written by his benefactor

Archer Alexander was born into slavery, survived several attempts at recapture after his escape, and was ultimately memorialized as the model for the liberated slave appearing with Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Freedmen’s Memorial in Washington, DC, and in a biography written by his benefactor

Martin Luther Smith (1819-66) New York USMA Class of 1842 (Engineers). Married to a woman from Georgia, Smith joined the Confederacy.  He spent most of the war in high level engineering assignments.

Martin Luther Smith (1819-66) New York USMA Class of 1842 (Engineers). Married to a woman from Georgia, Smith joined the Confederacy. He spent most of the war in high level engineering assignments.

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