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REVIEW Hymns of the Republic The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

REVIEW: Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

S.C. Gwynne’s study of the final year of the American Civil War illustrates the escalating brutality of the conflict as the Union sought to subdue the Confederacy by striking directly at the will of its population. Hymns of the Republic is an engrossing examination of the evolution of Union strategy during the Civil War, focusing …

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Lincoln and Davis

Comparing the Civil War Commanders-in-Chief: Lincoln and Davis

When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Northerners could hardly be blamed for feeling that their Southern brethren were more fortunate in their president’s prospects as commander-in-chief.  Jefferson Davis was a West Point graduate and although his career at the military academy was less than stellar—he was placed under house arrest for joining other …

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Drummer boy Clem during the American Civil War. (Credits: Public Domain)

John L. Clem was 12 years old when he became a Civil War hero

“The Drummer Boy of Chickamauga” was 12 years old when he was promoted to sergeant after firing on a Confederate colonel who was attempting to capture him. At that point John Lincoln Clem became the youngest non-commissioned officer in U.S. history and a Civil War hero. Born John Joseph Klem in 1851 to immigrant parents, he …

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