Civil War Facts and Stories

August 27, 2014

Baltimore Civil War Museum

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The Baltimore Civil War Museum is located at 1849 President Street in Baltimore, MD.  This museum focuses heavily on the city of Baltimore as an important stop for slaves among in the Underground Railroad route to the North.  Baltimore is one of the most crucial spots along the Civil War Underground Railroad as it is a main stop right on the border separating the North from the South. Fleeing slaves such as Frederick Douglass and Henry “Box” Brown were among the many of the newly freed slaves that road openly in the railroad station in Baltimore, MD.

Civil War Leather Military Backpacks

Civil war soldiers used backpacks made primarily of leather and wood to carry their gear onto the battlefield. Their personal items, including a tent, food plate, cup and blanket were all arranged either into or onto a relatively small pack. The standard civil war military backpack measured about 14” height by 15” wide, which, if compared to army backpacks today means these soldiers traveled pretty light. There were several models of backpacks available during this era but most were designed in a similar way. They had two internal flaps and an external flap. Everything was kept together by leather straps. …continue reading

Baltimore Civil War Museum

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The Baltimore Civil War Museum is located at 1849 President Street in Baltimore, MD.  This museum focuses heavily on the city of Baltimore as an important stop for slaves among in the Underground Railroad route to the North.  Baltimore is one of the most crucial spots along the Civil War Underground Railroad as it is a main stop right on the border separating the North from the South. Fleeing slaves such as Frederick Douglass and Henry “Box” Brown were among the many of the newly freed slaves that road openly in the railroad station in Baltimore, MD.

How Many People Died in the Civil War?

How Many People Died in the Civil War? While the numbers range on how many people died in the Civil War, the most common numbers are around 140,000- 141,000.  While numbers often very about the exact amount of Civil War casualties, these numbers seem pretty accurate given the type of information that was kept during the time period. While several thousand people died from battlefield injuries, one of the biggest killers was disease and hunger.   Many soldiers fought for days on end with little to no food and water and died from infections and other diseases that they acquired …continue reading

How Many Black Soldiers Fought for the Union in the Civil War?

How Many Black Soldiers Fought for the Union in the Civil War? Angered by years of slavery and finally free to the Northern United States, a great number of soldiers joined the Union Army to fight in the Civil War. By the end of the War, black soldiers made up approximately 10% of the Union Army and estimates of up to 180,000+ troops fought in this war.  Black soldiers fought in the Civil War to defend their newly found freedom and to “payback” many of those that enslaved them previously.

Where Did the Civil War begin?

Where did the Civil War begin? On April 12, 1861 the Confederates began the Civil War by firing shots into Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC.  The surrender of Fort Sumter by the Union was the first step into the Civil War. The battle of Fort Sumter took place after many months of problems within Fort Sumter.  This battle was over on April 13th at approximately 1 pm after a truce was made between General Beauregard and Major Anderson.

Who Were the Presidents During the Civil War?

Who were the Presidents during the Civil War? One of the most popular questions that we receive from students is “Who were the Presidents during the Civil War?“. During the Civil War both the Union and the Confederates had their own Presidents.  The Union president was Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate President was Jefferson Davis. Born about 100 miles apart from each other, both Abe Lincoln and Jefferson Davis fought to avoid the Civil War.  Many historians have written on how closely these two politicians lives paralleled each other over time.  While Lincoln grew to be the much more popular …continue reading

How Many Fought in the Civil War?

How Many Fought in the Civil War? The Civil War was the largest War that America was ever involved in and by far the most casualties.  Number for the Civil War estimate anywhere from 2.4 to 2.9 million depending on what source that you get the information from.   The North soldiers were estimated to be closer to 2 million while the South had about 1/2 of that many soldiers.   So the question “How many fought in the Civil War?”  depends, but is is estimates to be just a little under 3 million soldiers. One reason for more Northern …continue reading

What is the Union in the Civil War?

What is the Union in the Civil War? Above is the original map of the United States during the Civil War time period.  The Union States are located in the dark blue and the Confederate states are in the gray. When people ask “What is the Union in the Civil War?”  many people just think of the original colonies in the Northeastern part of the United States.  These states along with California in the West and Iowa, Minnesota and Kansas in the Midwest were all members of the Union which opposed the Confederate.

Repeating Rifles in the Civil War

Repeating Rifles in the Civil War The 1860s was the time period when guns started to become easier to use.   Repeating rifles in the Civil War were among the most popular items particularly the Spencer repeating rifle and the Henry repeating rifle.  In fact the Spencer repeating rifle has a great story behind it. The Spencer repeating rifle was introduced to Abraham Lincoln by inventor Christopher Spencer in 1860.  After being shocked by how quick and accurate this repeating rifle was compared to others from the time, Abraham Lincoln ordered them for production.   These weapons became prominent in …continue reading

Union Uniforms of the Civil War

Union Uniforms of the Civil War While many believe that the traditional navy blue uniform was the only Civil War era uniform for the Union, there were actually three different Union uniforms of the Civil War that the troops were given.  Due to the economic state of the time period and the different times during the year that the war took place,  uniforms were not always top of the line.   The three uniforms that the troops were given were the Campaign Civil War uniform, Parade Civil War uniform and the Fatigue Civil War Uniform. The picture above is of …continue reading