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This photo shows the Union’s efforts in 1863 to recruit “colored troops” to increase its depleted ranks. As this picture depicts , black regiments were almost always commanded by white officers.

Women were not allowed to help with the Civil War unless they were nurses. Four hundred women served in the war. Some historical records show that over sixty women were wounded or killed.

Women were not allowed to help with the Civil War unless they were nurses. Four hundred women served in the war. Some historical records show that over sixty women were wounded or killed.

Union Soldiers near Aiken's Landing, VA | Black soldiers of … | Flickr

Union Soldiers near Aiken's Landing, VA | Black soldiers of … | Flickr

Civil War: Survivors of Company C, 118th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers 35 years after battle fought on September 20, 1862; Group portrait taken September 20, 1897; Collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Civil War: Survivors of Company C, Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers 35 years after battle fought on September Group portrait taken September Collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Major Delaney, the only African American to attain the rank of Major during the Civil War. Must have been a bad man...

Major Martin R. Delaney, commanding officer of the US Colored Troops, was one of 149 Black American officers during the Civil War. His was the highest rank a Black American soldier would reach during the Civil War.

1861 lithograph of the Philadelphia Zouave Corps; Collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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June Journalists reported that Mary Todd Lincoln visited Mount Pleasant Hospital. Taking flowers and food to recuperating soldiers was one way the First Lady contributed to the war effort

The Story of Camp Douglas: Chicago's Forgotten Civil War Prison #It'sAllInThePast #TheAmericanCivilWar

The Story of Camp Douglas: Chicago's Forgotten Civil War Prison (Civil War Series IL)

The Story of Camp Douglas: Chicago's Forgotten Civil War Prison #It'sAllInThePast #TheAmericanCivilWar

Nursing in the Civil War | Behind the Lens: A History in Pictures | Essays and Photos Courtesy of The Burns Archive | Mercy Street | PBS

Burns, MD, the Mercy Street on-set Medical, Historical and Technical Advisor, shares photos from The Burns Archive and an essay about nursing during the Civil War.

John Hunt Morgan and his Raiders. "Our State will not I hope secede I have no doubt but Lincoln will make a good President at least we ought to give him a fair trial & then if he commits some overt act all the South will be a unit." ~ Morgan

John Hunt Morgan and his Raiders. "Our State will not I hope secede I have no doubt but Lincoln will make a good President at least we ought to give him a fair trial & then if he commits some overt act all the South will be a unit.

View #1 from the "Cyclorama of the Battle of Gettysburg," painted by Paul Philippoteaux; Collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

View from the "Cyclorama of the Battle of Gettysburg," painted by Paul Philippoteaux; Collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Arrival of Union Volunteer Troops from the Eastern States at Washington Street Wharf, Philadelphia, on Their Way South; Collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Arrival of Union Volunteer Troops from the Eastern States at Washington Street Wharf, Philadelphia, on Their Way South; Collection of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War

Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War (Civil War Series VA)

Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War

Veterans of the Union and Confederacy shake hands on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg 1913.

Veterans of the Union and Confederacy shake hands on the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg 1913.

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