Latest American Civil War News

Historic flag returns to Statehouse for Lincoln anniversary

Apr. 24, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An historic flag is returning to the Ohio Statehouse during this year's commemoration of the repose of President Abraham Lincoln. The 36-Star flag that flew over the grounds during Lincoln's repose was originally presented to David Nevin Murray, of Portsmouth, on behalf of the Union...

Virginia park marking Confederate surrender to get new trail

Apr. 23, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — A new trail for bikers, walkers and wheelchairs is coming to the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, which memorializes Confederate General Robert E. Lee's surrender and the end of the Civil War. The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that county supervisors approved...

Lobbyists back teen trying to end Texas Confederate holiday

Apr. 20, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Months after the removal of a plaque in the Texas Capitol that rejected slavery's role in the Civil War, a push to abolish a state holiday honoring Confederate soldiers has returned with the backing of high-powered lobbyists. But it still faces long odds. Texas is one of just nine...

California school district changing name tied to Confederacy

Apr. 17, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — The Dixie School District board voted Tuesday night to change the name of the 150-year-old district after critics linked it to the Confederacy and slavery. Trustees voted 3-1, with one abstention, to change both the name of the San Francisco Bay Area district and the name of its...

The mighty Mississippi defines Memphis

Apr. 13, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Mighty Mississippi. Perhaps more than anything or anyone else — Elvis or Beale, barbecue or basketball — the formidable river that gave life to the city on its banks defines who we are. It seems appropriate, then, that the river and its relationship with Memphis...

Telegram announcing Abraham Lincoln's death is up for sale

Apr. 11, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The handwritten notification of President Abraham Lincoln's death is being offered for sale by a Philadelphia documents dealer. Nathan Raab, president of the Raab Collection, says the telegram was thought to be lost, and calls it "truly one of our great finds." It was written inside the...

City to improve access to gravesite of Civil War hero

Apr. 5, 2019 12:51 PM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Officials in a Rhode Island city are embarking on a project to improve access to the grave of Civil War Gen. George Sears Greene. Greene, a cousin to Revolutionary War hero Gen. Nathanael Greene, is known for helping win the Battle of Gettysburg for the Union Army despite being more...

Heart of Dixie? Alabama presenting diversity in bicentennial

Mar. 31, 2019 3:19 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In 1961, Alabama marked the 100th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War with white women dressed in hoop skirts parading through a coliseum and a re-enactment of the inauguration of the Confederate president at the state Capitol. The state's 2019 bicentennial...

More artifacts to go on display at Civil War battlefield

Mar. 29, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

REPUBLIC, Mo. (AP) — A $4.5 million project is planned to make room for more Civil War-era artifacts at the site of the first major battle west of the Mississippi River. The project will add 1,873 square feet (about 175 square meters) of exhibit space to the visitor center at the Wilson's Creek National...

Alexander, Blackburn: New act expands Shiloh battlefield

Mar. 13, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn say a law signed by President Donald Trump will expand Shiloh National Military Park in Tennessee. A news release from the offices of the Republican senators said Tuesday that a proposal making several battlefields near Shiloh part...