Latest American Civil War News

Texas board rejects Confederate group's latest license plate

Dec. 7, 2018 4:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has denied a group's latest attempt to create a specialty license plate celebrating soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. The department's board voted 5-3 Thursday to reject the license plate design proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans,...

Marshall University meets over building's Confederate name

Nov. 30, 2018 7:52 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University in West Virginia has hosted a meeting to hear opinions on whether to change the name of a building honoring a Confederate Civil War general. The Herald-Dispatch reports faculty, staff and alumni spoke at the meeting hosted by a school committee formed to examine...

Railroad artifacts tell story of how trains built Atlanta

Nov. 22, 2018 11:34 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A newly restored steam locomotive known for chasing a stolen train in the American Civil War is helping to tell the story of how railroads fueled Atlanta's growth since its earliest days. The Atlanta History Center is using many railroad artifacts, a new exhibit hall and actors playing the...

Black lawmaker renews call against Texas Confederate plaque

Nov. 21, 2018 4:05 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A black Democratic lawmaker called on Texas to immediately remove a Confederate plaque in the state Capitol that rejects slavery as an underlying cause of the Civil War after the state's attorney general said Wednesday that a legislative vote isn't needed. "We could get out the...

White official tells black woman he belongs to 'master race'

Nov. 15, 2018 5:22 PM EST

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A white county commissioner in northeast Kansas who told a black city planner that he belongs to "the master race" as he rejected her proposed development plan is coming under pressure from fellow commissioners to resign. Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp cited the master...

Civil war site in Kentucky designated as national monument

Oct. 27, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) — When Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamations to free slaves during the Civil War, it did not apply to Kentucky, one of the few slave states that did not join the Confederacy. But Elijah P. Marrs did not want to wait. He escaped slavery in September 1864 to join the...

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...