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It is said that the American Civil War started on Wilmer Mclean's front yard and ended in his front parlor. Mclean lived near Manassas, VA when the 1st battle of Bull Run occurred and so he moved his family to a safer location near Appomattox Courthouse only to have his front parlor used as the room in which Robert E. Lee effectively ended the war by surrendering to U.S. Grant.

6 Coincidences You Won't Believe Actually Happened: Update

The American Civil War was full of strange coincidences and one of the most amazing is the story of Wilmer McLean. The first major land battle of the Civil War, First Manassas, took place in northe…

Ely Parker a Seneca Indian served as Ulysses S. Grant's military secretary & as a Union General. He was a peacemaker among the white man as well as the Indians. At Appomattox Parker wrote the final draft of surrender for the Confederates. While there General Lee mistook Parker for a black man, but apologized saying, "I am glad to see one real American here." Parker was said to respond, "We are all Americans, sir."

Ely Samuel Parker, Seneca

Ely S. Parker - Seneca Chief & Union Civil War General who drafted the terms of surrender between the United States and Confederate States at Appomattox, Va.

June 10th Born Today 1833: Civil War spy for the Union Army, Pauline Cushman. She was awarded the rank of Brevet-Major by General Garfield and commended by President Abraham Lincoln for her service to the union cause, and became known as Miss Major Cushman.

Pauline Cushman (Born Harriet Wood) (June 1833 – December was an American actress and a spy for the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Women soldiers fought, bled and died in the Civil War, then were forgotten

Women soldiers fought, bled and died in the Civil War, then were forgotten

Disguised as a man, Frances Clayton served many months in Missouri artillery and cavalry units. (By courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library)

Abraham Lincoln's grandchildren-Jessie Harlan Lincoln (right), Abraham II (top) and Mary (left)

Abraham Lincoln II (top), with his sisters Mary "Mamie" Lincoln (left) and Jessie Harlan Lincoln (right). Abraham Lincoln's grandchildren by his only surviving child, Robert Todd Lincoln.

Union Brigadier General Edwin Henry Stoughton was captured while sleeping March 9th 1863 at Fairfax Court House by Confederate Colonel John S Mosby.

Union Brigadier General Edwin Henry Stoughton was captured while sleeping March 1863 at Fairfax Court House by Confederate Colonel John S Mosby.

The picture was taken in 1913 at the Gettysburg Battlefield. It is interesting in that the old Rebels and Union soldiers are shaking hands over a stone wall. Maybe time does heal all wounds.

“The 1913 Gettysburg reunion of American Civil War veterans was for the Battle of Gettysburg’s anniversary. President Woodrow Wilson’s July 4 reunion address summarized the spirit: “We have found one another again as brothers and comrades in arms,

10 Moms Who Changed the World - mom.me-Vesta Stoudt-mother of 3 sons in Navy, worked in ammunition plant and had idea to use cloth tape to seal ammo boxes so it could be opened in seconds while keeping it dry, saving many lives when time was critical.  her bosses rejected idea but Pres. Roosevelt wrote them a letter and and Navy wrote her they would "fast track" her idea.  Thus duct tape was born.  Aug. 2, 2014

Vesta Stoudt As the mom of two sons in the Navy, while working in an ammunition plant, Stoudt had the idea to use cloth tape to seal boxes o.

WWII: Arthur MacArthur father of famed WWII Douglas MacArthur    At the Battle of Franklin, young Arthur MacArthur was a Major in the 24th Wisconsin and part of Opdycke’s brigade that counter charged around the Carter House to stem the Confederate breach of the Federal line.  He was badly injured in this fighting with multiple wounds and was sent to Nashville where he recovered. #genealogy #WWII #Wisconsin

Arthur Macarthur ::A brave teenaged officer in the Civil War. He won the Medal of Honor at and was a Lt. by the age of Years later his son, Douglas MacArthur, would also win the Medal of Honor - making them one of only two father-son recipients.

Ulysses S. Grant takes the reader onto the battlefield and behind the lines in his account of the final actions of the Civil War, including the surrender of Robert E. Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox..  Excerpted from his Memoirs, a classic of military history, with an Introduction by David Hardin.

Ulysses S. Grant takes the reader onto the battlefield and behind the lines in his account of the final actions of the Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln at Antietam, Maryland by Alexander Gardner, 1862 (LOC)

President Abraham Lincoln with Allan Pinkerton (head of the US secret service) and Major General John A McClernand at the secret service department, headquarters of the army of the Potomac, near Antietam, Maryland on 4 October 1862

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