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Auction of skull of Civil War soldier found at Gettysburg canceled

HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - (This June 2 story was refiled to show last find of Civil War dead at Gettysburg, not nationally, in 1996 in the sixth paragraph.)<p>Facing wide criticism, including from the National Parks Service, an auction house has canceled plans to sell the skull of a Civil War soldier …

Atlanta marks 150th anniversary of key Civil War battle

Deer graze in a meadow alongside a red dirt path in the shadow of Civil War-era artillery. The hum of cars ebbs as you walk a dirt path farther and …

Civil War Sword Found In Hawaii Jewelry Shop Heads To Virginia Museum

It’s not every day one finds a beautiful antique sword that dates back to the Civil War and comes with its own fascinating history.<p>When Honolulu jewelry shop owner Ted Gonzales -- who purchases non-jewelry items as well -- bought the relic in 2012, he had no idea how the 150-year-old saber ended up …

Civil War re-enactment cannon explosion sends children to the hospital

What was supposed to be a celebratory lesson in American history has sent three children to the hospital.<p>They were a part of a Civil War re-enactment group watching a parade in Orem, Utah, when a cannon set off an explosion Saturday. Witnesses said two of the three children injured were initially …

How to Make a Civil War Era Tintype Photograph

Have you ever imagined what it was like to take photos during the Civil War era? You had a huge camera with no shutter, no aperture control, and you …

How Should We Represent Black Civil War Soldiers?

<i>A bizarre attack on a beloved Boston memorial raises questions about how we portray the conflict at its 150-year anniversary.</i><p>Earlier this week, a 38-year-old woman walked up to the Shaw Memorial on Beacon Street in Boston and splashed it with a bucket of yellow paint. This is not the first time the …

Civil War Trust unveils plan to preserve Robert E. Lee building

GETTYSBURG Pa (Reuters) - A non-profit trust dedicated to preserving Civil War sites plans to spend more than $5 million to save and restore a small stone building which served as the headquarters for Confederate general Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Gettysburg.<p>The Battle of Gettysburg, which …

California's Forgotten Civil War

In the spring of 1861, a curious tune could be heard in the streets and saloons of Los Angeles. A local favorite, "We'll Hang Abe Lincoln from a Tree," captured the stormy mood of this frontier town, recently transformed into a hive of Confederate sympathizers. Accompanying this secessionist …

Clawing for survival: POWs of America's Civil War - CNN.com

Lance Greene, an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University, looks over sediment being sifted by students Heather McNamee, left, and Victoria Simpson during an excavation at the site of Camp Lawton, a large Civil War prison built just north of Millen, Georgia. Greene says the archaeological …

Civil War re-enactors mark 150th anniversary of Battle of Atlanta

ATLANTA (Reuters) - An Abraham Lincoln impersonator autographed copies of the Gettysburg Address, a Scarlett O’Hara look-alike posed for pictures, and men attired in 19th-century blue and gray battle fatigues strode past hip-hop clubs and tattoo parlors.<p>Civil War re-enactors fire a cannon every …