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What If the South Had Won the War?
There are plenty of specials on direct tv that cover the Civil War, but few that really focus on what are referred to as the secret weapons. People say many things about the civil war – how it was tragic, needless loss of life, brother against brother and so on. But they say that necessity is the mother of invention and the fact of the matter is that some truly remarkable weapons were developed during this time period as well.
The Gatling Gun
Set on two wooden wheels, much like a cannon, a series of gun barrels were assembled with a turn crank. When an operator turned the crank, bullets would feed into the barrels at alarming speeds. This was the fastest firing weapon of the time. Used during the Civil War, but only officially recognized long after.
The Colt Repeating Rifle
Unlike the single shot rifle used by many soldiers of the time, the colt repeating rifle had a load and firing mechanism similar to that used in a single action army revolver. This allowed for more shots and less time spent reloading.
And those are just a few. While these weapons might not seem like much nowadays, they certainly changed the face of the Civil War and were, back then, considered quite modern.
Elizabeth Van Lew was a dedicated abolitionist who wanted slavery stopped. After the death of her father, she and her mother freed the slaves that their family owned.
In 1861 after the bombarding of Ft. Sumter she became determined to make a change. She began taking care of the Union captured prisoners by visiting them in jail with food, books, and medicines. Most thought she was crazy by doing so and the community frowned on her for helping the Union prisoners. They began to call her the “Crazy Bet” which she Read More »
“Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth” these words are familiar to school children all across America. President Abraham Lincoln delivered “The Gettysburg Address” on Nov. 19, 1863. In the address Lincoln acknowledged those who had lost their lives, honoring their sacrifice. He challenged people to believe the country could be rebirthed as a country of, by and for the people. He also reiterated the words of the “Declaration of Independence” that all men are created equal.
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There has been a form of draft or conscription in America since colonial days. The thirteen colonies, and after independence, the thirteen original states, maintained militias. Able-bodied men were required to join the militia, receive a minimum amount of military training and to serve for a limited time in periods of emergency or conflict. In 1778, the Continental Congress recommended that states draft men from their militias to serve in the Continental Army for one year. The recommendation received uneven cooperation and the Continental Army’s Read More »
John Lincoln Clem, also known as John Joseph Klem became one of the youngest members of the Union Army in 1863. At the age of nine in 1861, he left his Ohio home to become a drummer boy. Because he was turned away due to his age, John Clem followed after the Union army as a drummer boy without pay. He survived from donations provided by other officers. Eventually John Clem was officially allowed to enlist as a Union soldier. John Clem would fight during battles with a small musket specially designed for his size. In Read More »
The Civil War Copperheads were a group of Democrats in the 1860′s who strongly opposed the Civil War. They called themselves the Peace Democrats but by their enemies were referred to as Copperheads or Butternuts. The Copperheads were named after the hard to spot venomous snake. Because of this, the Copperheads began to wear a copper penny as a badge to identify themselves.
The Copperheads goal was to reunite the states through negotiation instead of using force. They demanded peace, favored the continuation Read More »