The American Civil War was a bloody four year conflict that lasted from April 12, 1861 until April 9, 1865. The human toll of this war was close to 1,030,000 casualties, or almost 3% of the total population of the United States at that time. Roughly up to 850,000 Americans were killed in this conflict, more than all the other U.S. wars combined.

And yet this war, that tried to tear the infant United States apart, barely seventy-eight years after winning its independence, has been greatly romanticized.

In these posts I’ll tell of the battles, both militarily and politically, that would help to define and to finally preserve the union of the States.

I’ll start with one of the battles that became one of the turning points in this war, Gettysburg.   

The Battle of Gettysburg

July 1-3, 1863