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Part 6. Monitor and Merrimack
Witnesses described the Union ship as looking like a “tin can on a shingle.” The Confederate ship was like “a barn gone adrift and submerged to the eaves,” writes historian Bruce Catton.
Part 5. Putting the ‘U.S.’ in U.S. Grant
Grant didn’t amount to much as a farmer, businessman or even a peacetime soldier. As a commander-in-chief after the Civil War, he ranks among the nation’s worst presidents.
Part 4. ‘Drenched in Blood’
At Big Bethel and Aquia Creek in Virginia, at Hoke’s Run and Philippi in what is now West Virginia, at Boonville and Carthage in Missouri, Americans began battling one another after the fall of Fort Sumter.
'The real thing'
Brig. Gen. James Rains, Jasper County’s only Civil War general, had a habit of crying wolf. Or so thought his men. In June 1861, Rains and the newly organized Missouri State Guard were fleeing toward the southwest corner of the state, pursued by federal troops under Nathaniel Lyon, a general determined to hold Missouri for the Union at all costs.
Battle of Carthage to be played out on May 14
Visitors will be able to watch Civil War re-enactors skirmish through downtown Carthage on Saturday, May 14, commemorating the battle that took place there July 5, 1861.
Part 3. ‘It is Fatal’
The bloodiest war in American history began with a battle that ended bloodlessly, notes historian Geoffrey Ward.
Part 2. ‘Essence of Anarchy’
The Republic had not even survived a century. So it was in 1860, when Abraham Lincoln was elected president.
Part 1. To Suffer Mightily
The war that spread to Fort Sumter in April 1861 and Bull Run in Virginia that July was, in many ways, a Western war.
Vignettes from the Battle of Pea Ridge
“(Sterling) Price’s rebels were not the only Missourians who fought to defend — or to recover — heart and home,” wrote historians William Shea and Earl Hess in their book, “Pea Ridge: Civil War Campaign in the West.”
The journey of Asa Payne
After the Civil War, Asa Payne’s life settled into the ordinary. He married, fathered children, and became a real estate agent well known around Carthage, Mo., where he lived the last 32 years of his life. But something in Payne’s past summoned him in 1911 — at the age of 66 — to return to the arena of his youth.
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