Latest American Civil War News

Mississippi historian David Sansing dies at age 86

Jul. 8, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — David Sansing, a professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi and author of several books, has died at age 86. Sansing fell Friday at his home in Oxford and died Saturday at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, the university said in a news release. Sansing wrote dozens...

Virginia county to take up Confederate battle flag case

Jul. 8, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

LOUISA, Va. (AP) — A court date will soon be set to determine whether a massive confederate battle flag will be allowed to fly on private property off of a Virginia highway. The Daily Progress reports the debate surrounds a 30 by 50 foot (9 by 15 meters) Confederate battle flag on a 120-foot (36.5-meter)...

National military park in Mississippi gains another section

Jul. 4, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

EDWARDS, Miss. (AP) — Another Civil War site is being added to the Vicksburg National Military Park, one of Mississippi's top tourist attractions. The 800-acre (324-hectare) Champion Hill battlefield is the largest single expansion in the park's history. The state donated the land during a ceremony...

Bible underscores Lincoln's belief he was to end slavery

Jun. 20, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A Bible given to Abraham Lincoln in the final months of the Civil War ties together the 16th president's budding views on spirituality and his belief that God was calling him to end slavery as well as his widow's labors to solidify his religious standing, historians say. The King...

Civil War reenactment in Illinois back on after cancellation

Jun. 16, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WAUCONDA, Ill. (AP) — A Civil War reenactment at a northeastern Illinois forest preserve is back on after the event was temporarily canceled by a county official over questions of its value, as well as the use of the Confederate flag. Lake County Forest Preserves District President Angelo Kyle announced...

Money will preserve part of Civil War site in Mississippi

Jun. 16, 2019 8:49 AM EDT

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A grant will buy a tract of land to help preserve a Civil War battlefield in central Mississippi. The Vicksburg Post reports that the Mississippi Department of Archives and History is receiving nearly $110,000 from the National Park Service. The money from the American Battlefield...

Confederate cannons stuck in river bed 150 years restored

Jun. 16, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — Civil War cannons that sat on the bottom of the Pee Dee River for 150 years are now restored and on display at a veterans center in Florence. The cannons are from the Confederate ship Peedee. It was built to break the Union blockade of the South, but its cannons were tossed into the...

AP Explains: Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery in the US

Jun. 14, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in...

Park honors Union admiral, a first for this southern city

Jun. 10, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — He was known as the man Norfolk never forgave. David Farragut, the U.S. Navy's very first admiral and a major player in Union Navy operations during the Civil War, called Norfolk home before the war. But when Virginia seceded from the Union, his loyalty to the United States led him to...

Battle flag carried by black Union troops hits auction block

Jun. 10, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

DENVER, Pa. (AP) — A flag that was carried into battle by a black Union regiment during the Civil War and hand-painted by an acclaimed African American artist is going up for auction in Pennsylvania. The 127th United States Colored Infantry Regiment's flag depicts a black soldier waving goodbye to...