Latest American Civil War News

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...

Civil War era letters to Miss. governors provide new insight

Aug. 07, 2021 00:08 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Residents around Mississippi are getting a clearer view of the state’s history during the Civil War era thanks to an ongoing project through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the University of Southern Mississippi. Through...

Tennessee museum to open Confederate bust to public

Jul. 26, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Museum will soon allow the public to view the busts of three military leaders, including a former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader. On Friday, officials removed a Nathan Bedford Forrest bust that had been...

Confederate bust moved from Tennessee Capitol building

Jul. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader that had been prominently displayed inside the Tennessee Capitol for decades — over objections from Black lawmakers and activists — was removed from its pedestal Friday. The...

Confederate monument defaced at Wichita veterans park

Jul. 19, 2021 14:37 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A granite monument honoring Confederate soldiers at Wichita's Veterans Memorial Park has been defaced with spray paint. The Wichita Eagle reports that someone painted over the word “Çonfederate" in the phrase “In honor of all Confederate...

Confederate monument removed from city hall in Louisiana

Jul. 17, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Spectators cheered Saturday as a stone statue of a Confederate general was hoisted by a crane and removed from a pedestal where it stood for 99 years in front of a city hall in south Louisiana. The Advertiser posted video of the work that happened...