The man who killed Abraham Lincoln was shot dead on April 26th, 1865.
It is not the least tragedy of a tragic life that Lincoln was obliged to face the most terrible decision of all, before he had grown to the full height of his Presidential stature.
Jerome Carson and Elizabeth Wakely explore the mental illnesses suffered by some famous historical figures and consider the impact on their lives and achievements.
Taking a historiographical angle, Marcus Cunliffe describes how, in 1861, the American federal experiment broke down, and there ensued the greatest and most hard-fought of modern wars before that of 1914.
The American Civil War was not a simple struggle between slaveholders and abolitionists, argues Tim Stanley.
One of the founder members of the Confederacy seceded from the US on December 20th, 1860.
The last of seven debates between the two Senate candidates took place on October 15th, 1858.
Gervase Phillips points out the limitations in a common interpretation.
Susan-Mary Grant argues that the cult of the fallen soldier has its origins at Gettysburg and other battlefield monuments of the American Civil War.
John Spicer judges that slavery was the key factor in producing the conflict.