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One of the most important maps of the Civil War was also one of the most visually striking: a map of the slaveholding states, which clearly illustrates the varying concentrations of slaves across the South. Abraham Lincoln loved the map and consulted it often; it even appears in a famous 1864 painting of the president and his cabinet.

One of the most important maps of the Civil War was also one of the most visually striking: a map of the slaveholding states, which clearly illustrates the varying concentrations of slaves across the South. Abraham Lincoln loved the map and consulted it often; it even appears in a famous 1864 painting of the president and his cabinet.

A comparison of the North and South during 1861 on the eve of the American Civil War as seen from a numerical perspective.

The State of the Union Before The Civil War: North Versus South

A comparison of the North and South during 1861 on the eve of the American Civil War as seen from a numerical perspective.

‘Ghost Fleet of the Outer Banks.’ Map of Shipwrecks off the North Carolina Coast.

‘Ghost Fleet of the Outer Banks.’ Map of Shipwrecks off the North Carolina Coast.

In the American Civil War, soldiers were required to have at least four opposing front teeth, so that they could open a gunpowder pouch. Some draftees had their front teeth removed to avoid service.:

In the American Civil War, soldiers were required to have at least four opposing front teeth, so that they could open a gunpowder pouch. Some draftees had their front teeth removed to avoid service.:

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee & Traveller.  Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee & Traveller    Traveller was by far the most famous horse ridden during the Civil War.    Gen. Lee's saddle & horse tack is on display at the Museum of the Confederacy Richmond VA.

Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee & Traveller. Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee & Traveller Traveller was by far the most famous horse ridden during the Civil War. Gen. Lee's saddle & horse tack is on display at the Museum of the Confederacy Richmond VA.

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civil war infographic

This image is one of the most misidentified photographs published about the Civil War. Usually referred to as ‘young Confederates off to war’ it actually shows members of Company A, First Virginia Infantry, the “Richmond Grays,” at John Brown’s execution in 1859. The Valentine Museum

This image is one of the most misidentified photographs published about the Civil War. Usually referred to as ‘young Confederates off to war’ it actually shows members of Company A, First Virginia Infantry, the “Richmond Grays,” at John Brown’s execution in 1859. The Valentine Museum

Albert Woolson - the last Civil War Veteran. #civilwar

Albert Woolson: The Last Civil War Veteran

Albert Woolson - the last Civil War Veteran. #civilwar

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How Many States Can You Name Based on the Outline?

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Photograph from our amazing Civil War Photography Book. A great book for any Civil War buff.

Photograph from our amazing Civil War Photography Book. A great book for any Civil War buff.

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