Latest American Civil War News

The Confederate statue located in the Circle at the University of Mississippi is lowered to the ground as part of the process to move it to the Confederate Soldiers Cemetery on campus, in Oxford, Miss. Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

Ole Miss moves Confederate statue from prominent campus spot

Jul. 14, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Confederate monument that’s long been a divisive symbol at the University of Mississippi was removed Tuesday from a prominent spot on the Oxford campus, just two weeks after Mississippi surrendered the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem. The marble...

In this frame grab from video posted on Twitter, protesters bring down a bust of slave owner John McDonogh, Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Duncan Plaza in New Orleans. The protesters then took the remains to the Mississippi River and rolled it into the water. The destruction is part of a nationwide effort to remove monuments to the Confederacy or with links to slavery as the country grapples with widespread protests against police brutality toward African Americans. (Twitter via AP)

2 New Orleans statues toppled, 1 vandalized with red paint

Jul. 10, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least two statues of prominent historical figures were pulled from their pedestals in New Orleans and another has been covered with red spray paint, authorities said Friday. Statues of John McDonogh, who built a fortune on slave labor and left it to educating children, and Charles...

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, July 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Milley: Confederate names on Army bases divide the military

Jul. 9, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confederate Army symbols within the military, including prominent Army bases named for rebel generals, are divisive and can be offensive to Black people in uniform, the nation's top officer said Thursday. “The American Civil War was fought and it was an act of rebellion, it was an...

FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Civil War reenactors marching with Confederate battle flags during their reenactment of Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pa. The banner, with its red field and blue X design, is the best known of the flags of the Confederacy, but the short-lived rebel nation also had other flags. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

AP Explains: Confederate flags draw differing responses

Jul. 9, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

Public pressure amid protests over racial inequality forced Mississippi to furl its Confederate-inspired state flag for good, yet Georgia’s flag is based on another Confederate design and lives on. Why the difference? The Confederacy used more than one flag while it was fighting the United States to...

The Confederate Soldiers & Sailors Monument is secured in lifting straps as it is removed from Libby Hill Park, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The 17 ft statue stands on a 73 foot pedestal overlooking downtown. The statue is one of several that will be removed by the city as part of the Black Lives Matter reaction. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Richmond removes Confederate Soldiers and Sailors statue

Jul. 8, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Work crews have taken down the Confederate Soldiers and Sailors statue, the sixth Confederate monument to be removed in Richmond amid national protests against police brutality and symbols many see as racist icons. Crews arrived at about 7 a.m Wednesday in the city's Libby Hill...

In this Nov. 24, 2019 photo, a sculpture of former slave and later abolitionist, writer Olaudah Equiano by London based artist Christy Symington, sits on display at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England, Britain. Activists and towns in the U.S. are left wondering what to do with empty spaces that once honored historic figures tied to racism as statues and monuments fell in June 2020. The Equiano image has been suggested as a replacement. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Monuments and statues are falling. But what comes next?

Jul. 8, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

TIERRA AMARILLA, N.M. (AP) — The dusty town of Tierra Amarilla perches in the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here, five decades ago, this poor northern New Mexico community saw one of the most violent clashes in civil rights history when armed Mexican American ranchers raided a courthouse in a...

Crews attach straps to the statue Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Avenue Tuesday July 7, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The statue is one of several that will be removed by the city as part of the Black Lives Matter reaction. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Richmond removes statue of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart

Jul. 7, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Work crews on Tuesday took down a monument to Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart, the third major statue to be cleared away in less than a week as the Confederacy's former capital rushes to remove symbols of oppression in response to protests against police brutality and racism. As a crowd...

A Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol honor guard folds the retired Mississippi state flag after it was raised over the Capitol grounds one final time in Jackson, Miss., on July 1, 2020. Vestiges of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation are coming down across the Old Confederacy as part of a national reckoning on race and white supremacy. A diversifying Democratic Party hopes the changes in symbols are part of a more fundamental shift in a region that dominated by Republicans for a generation – and white conservative Democrats a century before that. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Democrats, Biden look to accelerate Southern political shift

Jul. 5, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — From Mississippi retiring its state flag to local governments removing Confederate statues from public spaces, a bipartisan push across the South is chipping away at reminders of the Civil War and Jim Crow segregation. Now, during a national reckoning on racism, Democratic Party leaders...

FILE - This June 23, 2015 file photo shows a carving depicting Confederate Civil War figures Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, in Stone Mountain, Ga. The sculpture is America's largest Confederate memorial. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

As monuments fall, Confederate carving has size on its side

Jul. 4, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — Some statues of figures from America's slave-owning past have been yanked down by protesters, others dismantled by order of governors or city leaders. But the largest Confederate monument ever crafted — colossal figures carved into the solid rock of a Georgia mountainside...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, protesters rally as Philadelphia Police officers and Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers look on in Philadelphia, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

In troubled times: Independence Day in a land of confusion

Jul. 4, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

It was the worst of times. It was the weirdest of times. It was a season of sickness and shouting, of defiance and tension, of industrial-strength falsehood and spin. It was a moment of ugliness and deep injustice — and perhaps, too, a moment when the chance for justice felt nearer than ever before. On...