Civil War

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Civil-War Time Capsule Unearthed in New Orleans

Confederate bills and a Louisiana medal are among the damp items

(Newser) - Turn-of-the-century tour books, lots of Confederate cash, a post-Civil War medal from a Union veterans' group, and a flag too tattered by time to tell whether it was US or Confederate were among items removed Friday from a 1913 time capsule buried beneath a Confederate monument in New Orleans, the... More »

First Civil War 'Limb Pit' Is Excavated

Find at Manassas National Battlefield Park reveals the aftermath of battle

(Newser) - A utility crew working at Virginia's Manassas National Battlefield Park unearthed what at first just seemed like portions of bone. Then came more bones, so far 11 limbs in all, nearly all of them leg bones. Now, thanks to help from forensic anthropologists at the Smithsonian's National Museum... More »

Republicans Punish Memphis for Removing Confederate Statues

(Newser) - The Republican-dominated House in Tennessee voted Tuesday to punish the city of Memphis for removing Confederate monuments by taking $250,000 away from the city that would have been used for a bicentennial celebration next year, the AP reports. Rep. Antonio Parkinson began to call the amendment vile and racist... More »

Legendary Lost Gold May Have Been Found

FBI overseeing dig in Pennsylvania, where a Civil War fortune might be buried

(Newser) - It's the stuff of legend: A wagon from the Union Army supposedly lost a huge cache of gold bars while en route from Wheeling, West Virginia, to the US Mint in Philadelphia in 1863. More than 150 years later, the FBI is overseeing a dig in a Pennsylvania state... More »

We Masked Death's Smell With Candles. Then Lincoln Died

Brian Walsh argues we switched to embalming because of the late president

(Newser) - Abraham Lincoln is famous for many things, and in a piece for the Conversation , Elon University assistant professor Brian Walsh argues the 16th president's list of accomplishments should be longer by one. He writes that America's embrace of embalming our dead should be credited in part to Lincoln.... More »

Kelly Was 'Stupid' About the Civil War. You Don't Have to Be

Ta-Nehisi Coates recommends 5 books to make you 'unstupid'

(Newser) - John Kelly, President Trump's chief of staff, said Monday that "the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War." It was, as Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in the Atlantic , "an incredibly stupid thing to say" and "built on a long tradition of endorsing... More »

Coates: It's 'Shocking' Kelly Is So Ignorant on Civil War

Writer rebuts White House chief of staff's assertion that inability to compromise caused it

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly has been taking criticism over comments he made about the Civil War, mainly because he said the war was caused by "the lack of an ability to compromise" and made no mention of slavery. Now, Ta-Nehisi Coates has issued a rebuttal in... More »

John Kelly Taking Flak Over Civil War Comments

'The lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War'

(Newser) - White House chief of staff John Kelly, generally viewed as the man whose mission is to keep controversy at bay, finds himself caught up in another one . Kelly is taking flak for his comments about the Civil War, made Monday night on the debut of Laura Ingraham's show on... More »

Engineer Says She's Solved Mystery of Civil War Sub

Her conclusion: torpedo shock waves killed the crew, doomed the Hunley

(Newser) - For more than 150 years, researchers have scratched their heads over a Civil War mystery—and now a Navy engineer says she's solved it. Rachel Lance has been diving deep into the 1864 sinking of the Confederate submarine HL Hunley, which mysteriously went down shortly after sinking the Union'... More »

Civil War-Era 'Corduroy Road' Uncovered in Michigan

The road is made of logs

(Newser) - Before the days of asphalt, Americans got around on "corduroy roads" made of logs, which were particularly useful for traversing swampy stretches of land. In a welcome blast from the past, Michigan's own versions have resurfaced after more than a century. Workers digging for a construction project in... More »

Game of Thrones Creators Plan Controversial New Show

'Confederate' will exist in an America where slavery still exists

(Newser) - The showrunners behind Game of Thrones already have their next project lined up when the eighth and final season is over. (Season seven just began .) David Benioff and DB Weiss will stick with HBO for Confederate, which has a controversial premise. The show will explore what would have happened... More »

Civil War Sub No Longer a 'Corroded Artifact'

Years of cleaning reveal gears, cranks ... and a tooth

(Newser) - When it was raised in 2000, the HL Hunley looked a bit like the Flying Dutchman . Encrusted in a rock-hard layer of sand and shell, the hand-powered Civil War submarine that slumbered off Charleston, SC, for almost 140 years had to be painstakingly soaked and cleaned . But after three years... More »

New Orleans Takes Down 'Lost Cause' Confederate Statue

Opponents shouted 'totalitarianism' as Jefferson Davis statue taken down

(Newser) - Workers took down a statue of Jefferson Davis in New Orleans early Thursday—152 years and one day after the Confederate president was captured by Union forces. As opponents of the move shouted "totalitarianism," workers removed the 6-foot statue from its 12-foot pedestal and put it on a... More »

Trump Reiterates Andrew Jackson Belief in Tweet

Says again that Jackson 'would never have let it happen'

(Newser) - President Trump's comments about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War , broadcast on SiriusXM Monday, led many to take issue with what they saw as an impossibility of time—and so the president took to Twitter Monday night in an apparent attempt to clear things up. Though Trump originally told... More »

Trump Asks Why Civil War Happened, Media Pounces

Comments came as he was professing admiration for Andrew Jackson

(Newser) - As Day 100 beckoned, President Trump sat for an interview with the Washington Examiner's Salena Zito that ran on Sunday. An exchange between the two about the Civil War apparently didn't make the cut, but it will air on Sirus XM Monday afternoon ( this clip has been... More »

A 6-Ton Painting Is About to Make a Tricky Move

Massive 2-day effort underway to relocate 'Cyclorama' across Atlanta

(Newser) - A colossal panoramic painting depicting the Battle of Atlanta from the US Civil War will be lifted by cranes from the building where it's been housed for nearly a century and then trucked to its new location. Moving the 6-ton Cyclorama, one of the nation's largest paintings, from... More »

How DIY Smallpox Vaccinations in the Civil War Spread Syphilis

Civil War soldiers trying to ward off one disease often got more than they bargained for

(Newser) - Smallpox has been eradicated and the vaccine is no longer necessary, but the infectious disease used to kill millions, and is credited with taking down Pharaoh Ramses V, the Roman Empire, and even the Aztec Empire. It's also credited with inspiring the first vaccination in 1796, when a doctor... More »

A Civil War-Era Find on a SC Beach, Thanks to Matthew

16 rusty cannonballs were discovered near Charleston after hurricane

(Newser) - Local media alerted residents in and around Charleston, SC, on Sunday that they were probably going to hear something "like an explosion. That heads-up was because 16 rusty cannonballs were unearthed by Hurricane Matthew on Folly Beach, the city's Facebook page announced, and per USA Today , they appeared... More »

Gettysburg: Stop Taking Our Stones, They're Cursed

People keep mailing them back with tales of woe

(Newser) - Robert E. Lee and the men of the Army of Northern Virginia aren't the only people Gettysburg was unlucky for. In a recent Gettysburg National Military Park blog post , park ranger Maria Brady describes how the park sometimes receives packages of stones from people who took them from the... More »

Major Civil War Battlefield Is Now a Crime Scene

Looting a federal battlefield is a crime that can carry a $20K fine, 2 years in prison

(Newser) - Just days before the area's major commemorative events linked to Memorial Day, the National Park Service has announced that Virginia's Petersburg National Battlefield is an "active crime scene," reports CNN. "Earlier this week, one of the park employees was out doing landscape work and noticed... More »

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