Short: Women in the Confederacy

Sally Louisa Tompkins (November 9, 1833 – July 26, 1916) THE ANGEL OF THE CONFEDERACY Only woman commissioned as an officer in the CSA Captain Sally Louisa TompkinsWas a humanitarian, nurse, and philanthropist. She is best-remembered for privately sponsoring a…
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Reflection of the 1861 Comet

“All who saw the comet last night witnessed an unusual celestial phenomenon,” wrote the Hartford Courant on the morning of July 1, 1861. “A comet, exceeding in brilliancy, size, and proximity to our planet any that have appeared within the recollection of…
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Most Famous Asian Confederates

Probably the most famous Asian Confederate soldiers were the two sons of famed P.T. Barnum Circus world-renowned Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. (The Thai twins took the name “Bunker” to Americanize themselves.) Chang & Eng, were born joined at…
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Short: John Lincoln Clem

John Lincoln “Johnny” Clem (1851-1937) Born in Newark, Ohio, 13 Aug. 1851, Clem ran away from home in May 1861 to join the army and found the army was not interested in 9-year-old boys. When he applied to the commander…
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Union forces stopped at the Battle of the Crater

July 13, 1864, At the Battle of the Crater, the Union’s ingenious attempt to break the Confederate lines at Petersburg, Virginia, by blowing up a tunnel that had been dug under the Rebel trenches fails. Although the explosion created a…
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