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U.S. Time Periods » 1850-1877: Civil War & Reconstruction

CivilWar@ Smithsonian

examines the Civil War through collections of artifacts. Topics include slavery and abolition, Abraham Lincoln, the first Union officer killed, soldiering, weapons, leaders, cavalries, navies, life and culture, Appomattox, Winslow Homer, and Mathew Brady. A Civil War timeline is included. (Smithsonian Institution)

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Interesting Fact:

The surrender of Lee to General Grant on April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ended the Civil War. The nation's return to peace marked the opening of an age that would raise the United States to new and undreamed of heights in wealth, productivity, and world influence.
General Wesley Merritt posed with his staff before the camera of Mathew Brady in this 1864 photograph. A highly competent cavalry officer, Merritt commanded the 1st Cavalry Division of Sheridan's Arm

Wesley Merritt and staff

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