Latest American Civil War News

US financial markets closed Monday for Juneteenth

Jun. 20, 2022 07:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. financial markets will observe the Juneteenth holiday for the first time Monday. Last year, Juneteenth was designated a federal holiday to mark the effective end of slavery in the U.S. Since June 19 falls on a Sunday this year, it will be observed on Monday. ...

Juneteenth celebrations emphasize ending racial disparities

Jun. 19, 2022 20:14 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — After Opal Lee led hundreds in a walk through her Texas hometown to celebrate Juneteenth this weekend, the 95-year-old Black woman who helped successfully push for the holiday to get national recognition said it's important that people learn the history behind it. ...

Despite push, states slow to make Juneteenth a paid holiday

Jun. 15, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Recognition of Juneteenth, the effective end of slavery in the U.S., gained traction after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020. But after an initial burst of action, the movement to have it recognized as an official holiday in the states has largely stalled. ...

Historic chapel, school designated historic landmark

Jun. 11, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — For most of the American Reconstruction period following the Civil War, a one-room chapel on Sharpsburg’s East High Street served as church and school for the local African American community. As the center of religious gatherings and education for a group...

Warship sunk off NC in ‘astounding’ shape, experts say

Jun. 06, 2022 13:24 PM EDT

One of the nation’s most revered military shipwrecks was visited in May by a NOAA-backed team and they made a surprising discovery 16 miles off North Carolina. The Civil War ironclad USS Monitor is apparently refusing to surrender to the forces of nature. Despite being on the...

Virginia county moves, rededicates Confederate monuments

Jun. 04, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A southwest Virginia county recently rededicated two Confederate monuments after relocating them from a downtown courthouse lawn to make way for construction. A ceremony was held Friday at a new park in Abingdon that was paid for by community donations, the...

Monument honoring Black Civil War unit rededicated

Jun. 01, 2022 15:13 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston memorial to a famed Civil War unit made up of Black soldiers was rededicated Wednesday after a three-year long restoration with a ceremony filled with song and somber reflection. The Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial —...

FBI records on search for fabled gold raise more questions

May. 28, 2022 13:46 PM EDT

A scientific analysis commissioned by the FBI shortly before agents went digging for buried treasure suggested that a huge quantity of gold could be below the surface, according to newly released government documents and photos that deepen the mystery of the 2018 excavation in remote western...

Editorial Roundup: United States

May. 25, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 23 The Washington Post say paused Disinformation Governance Board was doomed from its inception The Disinformation Governance Board has been put on pause — leaving skeptics of the new...

Gettysburg guides launch Culpeper battlefield tours

May. 08, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Gettysburg, America’s best-known Civil War battlefield, draws scads of visitors every year, many of them escorted by its renowned Licensed Battlefield Guides. Less so, Culpeper County, Virginia, whose Brandy Station battlefield is where the Gettysburg...