American Civil War

Josiah Tattnall

M. Foster Farley introduces one of the most marked and original men of his day and generation; Tattnall distinguished himself in many hard-fought engagements from 1812 to 1864.

Henry I. Kurtz describes how subduing the Indians of the Plains was one of the chief tasks of the United States Army after the close of the Civil War.

Tom H. Inkster describes how, nearly four months after the collapse of the Confederacy, a gallant Confederate naval officer was still bent on the destruction of Union shipping.

The great Confederate commander was fatally wounded at Chancellorsville on May 2nd, 1863.

Of the many immigrants from the United Kingdom who took up arms in the war, only a small number were English. 

Bombardment of Fort Sumter by Currier & Ives (1837–1885).

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.

David Waller on the 150th anniversary of a ship that symbolised Liverpool’s ties to the Confederate states during the American Civil War.

The capture of New Orleans, 24 April 1862.

The American Civil War was not a simple struggle between slaveholders and abolitionists, argues Tim Stanley.

Fort Sumter, 1861, flying the Confederate flag

One of the founder members of the Confederacy seceded from the United States on 20 December 1860.

The English journalist Walter Bagehot was one of the few commentators to grapple with the constitutional issues behind the the American Civil War. Frank Prochaska discusses his ideas.