Latest American Civil War News

Developer finds human remains near Nashville Civil War fort

Aug. 13, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A developer has unearthed human remains that could be two centuries old while digging to lay the foundation of a new Nashville project not far from a Civil War fort and a cemetery dating back to 1822. For Nashville, the discovery marks the latest...

Renaming Army bases that honor Confederates would cost $21M

Aug. 09, 2022 15:42 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Renaming nine U.S. Army posts that honor Confederate officers would cost a total of $21 million if the installations rebrand everything from welcome marquees and street signs to water towers and hospital doors, according to an independent commission. The Naming...

Youngkin appointee resigns after remarks about Civil War

Aug. 03, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman Gov. Glenn Youngkin appointed to the state Board of Historic Resources has resigned after making widely criticized remarks about Confederate statues and the Civil War. Ann McLean stepped down from the board effective Monday after a discussion...

Farmland where Civil War battle occurred to be preserved

Jul. 31, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

VARINA, Va. (AP) — Growing up in Varina in the 1940s and ’50s, Howard Eberly played on his family’s farm, swam in the creek and found “treasures” on the land. Turns out, some of those treasures are significant historic artifacts. The Eberly family moved from Pennsylvania to...

New, updated markers set at Virginia battlefield site

Jul. 09, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

Culpeper Battlefields State Park won’t open for a little while, but that’s not stopping its advocates from sprucing up some of its historic sites. Four entities recently collaborated to update and add wayside markers on Culpeper County’s Cedar Mountain battlefield, where...

US financial markets closed Monday for Juneteenth

Jun. 20, 2022 07:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. financial markets will observe the Juneteenth holiday for the first time Monday. Last year, Juneteenth was designated a federal holiday to mark the effective end of slavery in the U.S. Since June 19 falls on a Sunday this year, it will be observed on Monday. ...

Juneteenth celebrations emphasize ending racial disparities

Jun. 19, 2022 21:24 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — After Opal Lee led hundreds in a walk through her Texas hometown to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, the 95-year-old Black woman who helped successfully push for the holiday to get national recognition said it's important that people learn the history behind it. ...

Despite push, states slow to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

Jun. 15, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Recognition of Juneteenth, the effective end of slavery in the U.S., gained traction after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020. But after an initial burst of action, the movement to have it recognized as an official holiday in the states has largely stalled. ...

Historic chapel, school designated historic landmark

Jun. 11, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — For most of the American Reconstruction period following the Civil War, a one-room chapel on Sharpsburg’s East High Street served as church and school for the local African American community. As the center of religious gatherings and education for a group...

Warship sunk off NC in ‘astounding’ shape, experts say

Jun. 06, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

One of the nation’s most revered military shipwrecks was visited in May by a NOAA-backed team and they made a surprising discovery 16 miles off North Carolina. The Civil War ironclad USS Monitor is apparently refusing to surrender to the forces of nature. Despite being on the...