Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Underground Railroad

The underground railroad was a system of safe houses that stretched from the south all the way to Canada. The purpose of the safe houses was to hide and protect runaway slaves trying to reach freedom in the north. It is estimated that over 100,000 slaves escaped through the underground railroad, though many more tried...Click here to read more:

Monday, July 18, 2011

Who Were the Buffalo Soldiers?

Buffalo soldiers are often confused with the African-American soldiers who fought during the Civil War. Although over 180,000 black soldiers fought in black regiments during the war, the term “Buffalo soldiers” only refers to the black regiments established after the war had ended...Click here to read more:

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Causes of the Civil War

Although many people believe slavery was the one and only cause of the Civil War, it was actually more complicated than that. The causes of the Civil War started many years before and were often connected to each other. Here is a look at the main causes of the Civil War...Click here to read more:

Civil War Facts

The chance of surviving a wound in the Civil War was 7 to 1. In comparison, the chance of surviving a wound in the Korean war was 50 to 1.

Of the 364,000 Union soldiers who died during the war, a third of them died from wounds sustained during the war while two-thirds died of disease...Click here to read more:

The Roles of Women in the Civil War

Women did more during the Civil War than just sit at home waiting for their husbands, brothers and sons to come home. Some helped out behind the scenes and sometimes on the battlefields. Some of these women became famous for their efforts, while others intentionally tried to keep their work secret. Women's wartime efforts often broke from the traditional role of housewives and mothers...Click here to read more: