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    The Civil War


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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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  • William McKinley

    William McKinley

    William McKinley was an enlisted man in the American Civil War who rose to become President of the United States in 1896, the fifth (and last) Civil War Veteran to hold the office. Read more

  • Christopher Memminger

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    Christopher Memminger was a South Carolina politician and financial expert who helped draft his state's official justification for secession and the Confederate Constitution. Read more

  • John Milton

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    John Milton, the son and grandson of Revolutionary and War of 1812 veterans and a descendent of the famed poet of the same name, was elected Governor of Florida during the election of 1860. An ardent southern supporter, he may have survived the battles of the Civil War, but could he survive the bitter agony of defeat? Read more

  • Thomas Overton Moore

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    Thomas Moore was a cotton planter, attorney and Governor of Louisiana when the Civil War would challenge every aspect of his way of life. Though his term as governor would end in 1864, it was only then that his personal battle would truly begin. Read more

  • Oliver Perry Morton

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    Oliver Morton was an ardent Unionist, Republican Party member and Governor of Indiana during the American Civil War. His tenure was marked by repeated clashes with the more conservative Indian State Legislature from which he usually emerged victorious. He became a U.S. Senator in 1867 and joined the so-called radical wing of the Party in struggles over Southern reconstruction. Read more