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The Sinking and Raising of the U.S.S. Cairo

From the very beginning of the Civil War, both sides understood the importance of control of the Mississippi River.   To that end, the United States government built gunboats specifically designed for military operations in...

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John Wilkes Booth Facts and Trivia

John Wilkes Booth was almost 27 years old when he shot President Lincoln on April 14, 1865 — it was two weeks before Wilkes’ May 10th birthday. John Wilkes Booth was his father’s favorite...

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John Brown’s Body

They hanged John Brown for treason in Virginia two years before Fort Sumter, and he became a martyr and symbol to some in the North, but a maniacal traitor in the South.  He laid down his...

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Fort Sumter

Welcome to Iron Brigader, a blog about the Civil War.  It seems fitting for our first entry, to post a poem about Fort Sumter. SUMTER (April 12, 1861) Came the morning of that day...