Latest American Civil War News

Confederate Avenue: Possible new name to be focus of hearing

Aug. 15, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — About nine months after a panel recommended the immediate renaming of Confederate Avenue in Atlanta, city officials are planning a public hearing. A city council committee voted to hold the hearing and a "listening session" in September, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . That's...

Charlottesville gave momentum to Confederate monument foes

Aug. 11, 2018 8:05 AM EDT

Pressure to take down America's monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn't start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses...

Women's group behind rebel memorials quietly battles on

Aug. 10, 2018 9:20 AM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — On a glorious, late-spring day, Maya Little strode across the poplar-lined University of North Carolina quadrangle, past protesters and a uniformed officer. She stepped onto the base of the Confederate soldier statue that has stood there since 1913, and splashed it with a mixture...

History shared but unreconciled in city's Confederate statue

Aug. 9, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — In 1906, when aging, white Confederate veterans of the Civil War and black ex-slaves still lived on the old plantations of the Deep South, two very different celebrations were afoot in this city known even then as a beacon of black empowerment. Tuskegee Institute, founded to educate...

Charlottesville gave momentum to Confederate monument foes

Aug. 8, 2018 1:56 PM EDT

Pressure to take down America's monuments honoring slain Confederate soldiers and the generals who led them didn't start with Charlottesville. But the deadly violence that rocked the Virginia college town a year ago gave the issue an explosive momentum. Confederate monuments at public parks, county courthouses...

Civil War veteran given military award 126 years after death

Jul. 26, 2018 4:31 PM EDT

NEW CITY, N.Y. (AP) — A Civil War medal has been awarded to a Union veteran who died before the military decoration was created. New York state Sen. David Carlucci presented Viola Silverman, great-granddaughter of veteran John Ferguson Pratt, with a replica of the Civil War Campaign Medal on Wednesday....

Feds award $637k to protect Tennessee Civil War battlefield

Jul. 6, 2018 12:41 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — The National Park Service is awarding $637,500 to help buy and preserve part of a Civil War battlefield in Tennessee that has been threatened by development. The Park Service announced Thursday that the Franklin Battlefield will receive an American Battlefield Protection Program...

Today in History

Jul. 3, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 3, the 184th day of 2018. There are 181 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 3, 1863, the three-day Civil War Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania ended in a major victory for the North as Confederate troops failed to breach Union positions during an...

Panel: Remove Confederate president's statue in Richmond

Jul. 2, 2018 11:14 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the one-time capital of the Confederacy wrestles with its Civil War heritage, a commission in Richmond recommended Monday removing a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis but leaving in place four others, including a soaring tribute to Gen. Robert E. Lee. The panel of...

Panel: 1 Richmond Confederate statue should go, others stay

Jul. 2, 2018 8:47 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As the one-time capital of the Confederacy wrestles with its Civil War heritage, a commission in Richmond recommended Monday removing a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis but leaving in place four others, including a soaring tribute to Gen. Robert E. Lee. The panel of...