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What's the best place to get Civil War uniforms?

I've wanted a Union Civil War uniform for a long time. There are a lot of places online to get them. Can anybody recommend one over another? Some particulars inside. [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Jun 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Help me understand this American Civil War-era reference

More than once I have come across this image: Jeff. Davis' Coat of "Alms.", typically on an envelope. I am insufficiently knowledgeable about the American Civil War to understand the reference. [more inside]
posted by komara on Mar 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Weekend Civil War Roadtrip around the SE US?

We'd like to take a three-to-four day road trip originating and terminating in Atlanta, focusing on Civil War history this weekend. Looking for suggestions on sites and itinerary ideas. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Nov 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Salvage These Bones

A long-planned long weekend visit to DC to check out Harper's Ferry and Antietam in a few days has been infuriatingly stymied by the shutdown. The plan had been to go see a lot of stuff related to John Brown's Raid, Civil War battlefields, and African American art housed at the National Gallery. The trip was in part to do research for a creative writing project about Mr Brown, and part for some general shenanigans. Now what? [more inside]
posted by sestaaak on Oct 7, 2013 - 18 answers

How is the US Civil War taught in schools not in the USA?

I was watching the excellent Ken Burns documentary about the Civil War last night, and found myself wondering how this particular conflict is taught in schools outside the US. If you were raised outside the United States and remember learning about the US Civil War in school, what do you remember? I would love to hear about your experience.
posted by juniperesque on Oct 7, 2013 - 46 answers

Seeking a definitive account of the siege of Sarajevo

I am looking for definitive nonfiction accounts of the siege of Sarajevo. Preferably a history or a work of journalism, not a memoir or polemic--although a well-reported one might be OK. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Sep 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Who is the Peruvian guerilla general quoted in this Guns N Roses song?

The lyrics sheet for "Use Your Illusion II" attributes a quotation in the antiwar song "Civil War" to an unnamed Peruvian guerilla general. Who said this? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Sep 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Best Civil War History from the Confederate Side?

I've been reading Bruce Catton's history of the Army of the Potomac, which is excellent. It occurs to me I've only ever read Civil War history from the Union side. So, it's all about those terrible Union generals and all the mistakes they made, and Lincoln's frustration, and how eventually superior manpower and manufacturing, and the Emancipation Proclamation, crushed the feisty Rebs. Now I'd like to read about what the Rebs were thinking during the Late, Great Unpleasantness. Who's the Bruce Catton of the South?
posted by musofire on Aug 14, 2013 - 9 answers

Did Northerners run guns to the Confederacy?

I’m trying to find out if there were any Northerners during the U.S. Civl War who ran guns to the Confederacy. I’ve done research and have found nothing about this. Any Civil War buffs out there ever hear any rumblings about this? If so, can you point me to resources?
posted by MarioM on Jan 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Calling number 9...

How do you say Henry Ireton's last name? [more inside]
posted by Jehan on Dec 23, 2012 - 8 answers

Why did the KKK form?

A question about why the KKK formed in the first place. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain on Dec 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Zines of the War of the Rebellion

"THE UNION" - a pre-1990 Civil War history and/or hobbyist newsletter? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Oct 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Largest Civil War Cemetery

Is Vicksburg National Cemetery the largest Civil War cemetery?
posted by rzperllian on Aug 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you recommend some good books about the Civil War to me?

I'm doing some research on the nineteenth century in the U.S. and I've realized I need to understand the Civil War better. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jun 26, 2012 - 15 answers

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Why were Federal troops sent to the Texas-Mexican border in the summer of 1865?) [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman on Jan 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Civil War History Road Trip (with teens) suggestions?

Two moms, three home-educated early-teen boys, planning a learning adventure for two weeks at the end of August. Driving north from South Florida, which civil war sites/events should we not miss? Also looking for great not-too-primitive tent camping. So far all we know for sure is that we want to check out Gettysburg. We want to make it educational, but awesome and fun for our not-too-fascinated kids. Your suggestions welcome!
posted by theplotchickens on Jul 13, 2011 - 25 answers

What are some accounts of black slavery in America?

What are some good recent fictional and non-fictional accounts of African-American slavery in pre-Civil War America? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Apr 25, 2011 - 14 answers

Beyond Bourbon St., hopefully.

I have some very specific questions about very specific things to do in New Orleans. [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! on Jan 22, 2011 - 34 answers

The best non-fiction covering the 'other' wars

What are the best non-fiction books about the lesser known wars of the 20th century? [more inside]
posted by northerner on Jan 9, 2011 - 6 answers

US Civil War life?

Books on everyday civilian life during the US Civil War? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying on Sep 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Great historical media collections

Where can I find lots of historical media? I'm looking for any kind of photos or film, newsreels, anything. [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm on Jan 6, 2009 - 10 answers

Witches, Wizards, and the American Civil War

What was going on with the occult and belief in the supernatural in Civil War-era America? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Sep 18, 2008 - 18 answers

Tell me Rico, what's this song called?

In the TV movie The Hunley the doomed Confederate submariners sing a song together. I remember it sounding like an Irish folk-type tune but my Googling has failed to indentify it. Can you find the title and lyrics of this song? [more inside]
posted by kurtroehl on Jan 15, 2008 - 3 answers

Help With Old Handwriting

Help with old / smudged handwriting on the back of a Civil War photo. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Nov 30, 2007 - 50 answers

Civil War balloon photography.

Are there any extant photographs taken from balloons during the American Civil War? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on May 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Are vols 1 and 2 of S.R. Gardiner's "History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate" available online?

Seventeenth-century history-Filter: where can I find a copy of the first and second volumes of S.R. Gardiner's History of the Commonwealth and Protectorate online? [more inside]
posted by greycap on Dec 9, 2006 - 4 answers

Is Foote's writing on the Civil War authoritative?

Is Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative widely considered to be authoritative? [more inside]
posted by Prospero on Dec 7, 2006 - 10 answers

Civil War Sword in the Bay Area

I want to get my dad a Civil War era sword for Christmas, either an original or a reproduction. However, I would prefer to buy locally (Bay Area / San Francisco, CA). [more inside]
posted by mto on Nov 23, 2006 - 1 answer

slavery in pre-emancipation America

Why didn't slave owners in pre-emancipation America make slaves of the Native Americans, opting instead to import slaves from abroad? [more inside]
posted by CodeBaloo on Aug 4, 2006 - 32 answers

"What's So Civil 'Bout War, Anyway?"

I'm researching the American Civil War and the Reconstruction. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Mar 23, 2006 - 13 answers

Matthew Brady photograph where are you?

Looking for a Matthew Brady photograph... [more inside]
posted by starman on Jan 24, 2006 - 5 answers

Could a tight presidential result in lead to civil war

Could a tight presidential result in lead to civil war? [more inside]
posted by davehat on Oct 28, 2004 - 49 answers

Emancipation Proclamation

CivilWarTriviaFilter. This was a question on a 'Millionaire' I recently watched, and it's been driving me nuts. There are *two* signatures on the Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln's, of course, but also that of his Secretary of State, William Seward.

What I want to know is why. The Proclamation was a document dealing with domestic affairs. Why would the Secretary of State sign it, rather than, say, my guess, which was Stanton, the Secretary of War (since it only applied to where the Union Army occupied states in rebellion.) Google only confirms Seward's signature, not the reason.
posted by mojohand on May 26, 2004 - 12 answers

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