Latest American Civil War News

Editorial Roundup: Wisconsin

Oct. 06, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

Kenosha News. October 6, 2021. Editorial: Tearing down Col. Heg statue was stunningly ignorant A statue of Col. Hans Christian Heg, a man who lived in Racine County before serving in the Civil War, was returned to its rightful place on the state...

Alabama city adds Juneteenth as holiday for its employees

Oct. 02, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city is giving its employees an additional paid holiday after its City Council voted to recognize Juneteenth. The holiday marks June 19, 1865, when federal troops entered Galveston, Texas, some two months after the Civil War ended. The...

Allendale decides not to pursue charges in statue vandalism

Sep. 30, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials in a western Michigan community have decided not to pursue criminal charges against people who vandalized a statue of Confederate and Union Civil War soldiers with a Black child kneeling between them. The Allendale Township...

Mississippi county chooses new site for Confederate monument

Sep. 29, 2021 01:11 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Supervisors in one Mississippi county have chosen a new site for a Confederate monument after more than a year of discussion, but the site will need state approval and it's unclear how much the move will cost. The stone monument with multiple...

Review: Idolatry surrenders to humanity in new Lee biography

Sep. 27, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

“Robert E. Lee: A Life” by Allen C. Guelzo (Knopf) Controversy over the equestrian memorial to Robert E. Lee on stately Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, was once limited to the removal of the blue-green oxidation from his bronze statue. In the wake of the...

Illinois hopes 'better angels' prevail in Lincoln desk rehab

Sep. 16, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The storage-room merchants' desk where President-elect Abraham Lincoln penned his first inaugural address, beseeching southern states to recall the “mystic chords of memory" and invoke “the better angels of our nature” to circumvent the Civil War, was unveiled...

Gen. Lee statue can be removed, Virginia Supreme Court rules

Sep. 02, 2021 19:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that the state can remove an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a prominent spot in the state's capital city, saying “values change and public policy changes too” in a democracy. ...

Award-winning Civil War historian Stephen Oates dies at 85

Aug. 26, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Stephen B. Oates, an award-winning Civil War historian who wrote biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Clara Barton, William Faulkner and others, has died. He was 85. Oates died Friday at his Amherst home surrounded by family...

Virginia contends with Confederate names on side streets

Aug. 09, 2021 01:33 AM EDT

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — It came as a surprise to Mottrom Drive resident Beau Fitzpatrick that he lives on a street named for a Confederate soldier. “Really? I always assumed it was named for an apple, or apple juice,” he said, referring to the Mott's brand of apple...

What follows Confederate statues? 1 Mississippi city's fight

Aug. 08, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — For more than a century, one of Mississippi's largest and most elaborate Confederate monuments has looked out over the lawn at the courthouse in the center of Greenwood, a Black-majority city with a history of civil rights protests and clashes. Protesters have...