Latest American Civil War News

US lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say

Oct. 14, 2018 8:10 PM EDT

GLORIETA PASS, N.M. (AP) — A makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers in an isolated part northern New Mexico is a typical representation of sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It's shabby, largely unknown and at risk of disappearing. Across the U.S, many sites historically connected to key...

Treasure hunters doubt FBI's word on dig for Civil War gold

Oct. 9, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

DENTS RUN, Pa. (AP) — Surrounded by dozens of stone-faced FBI agents on a frigid winter's day, Dennis and Kem Parada stared down at the empty hole and knew something wasn't right. The father-son duo spent years combing this bit of Pennsylvania wilderness with high-end metal detectors, drills and other...

Texas commissioner backs Confederate group's license plate

Oct. 9, 2018 4:19 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' agriculture commissioner says he will back a Confederate group's latest attempt to sell specialty license plates, because "there's no profit in hiding our history." The Sons of Confederate Veterans' Texas chapter proposed a license plate in March that features a rebel soldier...

New, more interactive, $160M Tennessee State Museum opening

Oct. 1, 2018 10:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Conestoga wagon that brought early settlers from Virginia in the 1800s, the hat Andrew Jackson wore to his presidential inauguration in 1829 and an 1863 Civil War cannon are several familiar artifacts that will be integrated in the new Tennessee State Museum. The Tennessean...

Prominent historian's Lincoln collection to be auctioned

Sep. 12, 2018 11:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading Abraham Lincoln scholar's collection of images, documents and artwork pertaining to the nation's 16th president will be auctioned in Manhattan. Harold Holzer's collection will highlight Swann Galleries' Sept. 27 auction of printed and manuscript Americana. The award-winning...

Arlington Cemetery opens new section with Civil War burials

Sep. 6, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Arlington National Cemetery returned to its roots as a resting place for the Civil War dead with a burial Thursday of two unknown Union soldiers. The burials marked the dedication of an $87 million expansion of the cemetery that officials hope will extend the cemetery's life by up to...

Away, away: Alabama high school won't play 'Dixie' any more

Aug. 31, 2018 9:31 AM EDT

ARAB, Ala. (AP) — The fight over Confederate symbolism has landed in an Alabama town where education leaders have banned the high school marching band from playing "Dixie" as the fight song. Dozens of opponents of the decision packed a city school board meeting Thursday night in support of the tune, which...

Confederate markers removed from New Mexico rest areas

Aug. 27, 2018 11:47 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The last remaining memorials to Confederate President Jefferson Davis have been removed from New Mexico rest areas along Interstate 10, the main east-west route across the state, New Mexico officials have said. The state Department of Transportation announced last week all memorials...

Confederate monuments to get slavery, civil rights context

Aug. 23, 2018 12:21 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three Confederate monuments on the North Carolina Capitol grounds will feature signs with historical context about slavery and civil rights, following a decision by a state historical panel that said a monument honoring African-Americans also should be added The state Historical...

North Carolina will keep 3 Confederate monuments at Capitol

Aug. 22, 2018 6:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three Confederate monuments will remain on the North Carolina Capitol grounds, but with newly added context about slavery and civil rights. That's the decision from a state historical panel, two days after protesters tore down another rebel statue at the state's flagship university....