• Photo of cannon at Antietam National Battlefield

    The Civil War


Photo of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

An enormous range of beliefs flowed across the political landscape of pre-Civil War America, and this is reflected in the rise and fall of a dozen different political parties that tried and failed to find a unifying political strategy that would end sectional strife. Only the events of April 12, 1861 would clarify this landscape and politicians of every description welcomed it… at first.

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  • Winfield Scott Hancock

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    Known as "Hancock the Superb," Winfield Scott Hancock was one of the Union armies' most celebrated generals. Read more

  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    Benjamin Harrison

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    Descended from a long line of politicians and himself 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison's military service Civil War is less well known, though no less distinguished, than his political career. Read more

  • Shiloh National Military Park

    Richard Hawes

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    As the Confederate governor of Kentucky, Richard Hawes was forced to administer his state's affairs from Virginia due to the Union occupation of the Bluegrass State during the Civil War. Read more

  • John Hay

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    An accomplished secretary, diplomat, and author, John Hay was one of Lincoln's closest advisors during his years in the White House. Read more

  • Patrick Francis Healy

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    Patrick Healy was the son of a Georgia planter and enslaved mother who rose to become a Jesuit priest and the first African American President of Georgetown University. Read more