In an 1862 letter to his wife, Anna, William Keeler described the moment he saw a slave became a free man. It was late at night on May 16, and he was below decks on the Monitor, the Union ironclad then on duty off City Point in Virginia’s James River, 15 miles southeast of Richmond and 70 miles inside hostile territory

In an 1862 letter to his wife, Anna, William Keeler described the moment he saw a slave became a free man. It was late at night on May 16, and he was below decks on the Monitor, the Union ironclad then on duty off City Point in Virginia’s James River, 15 miles southeast of Richmond and 70 miles inside hostile territory

Petersburg, Virginia U.S. Military Telegraph battery wagon, Army of the Potomac headquarters taken in 1864

Petersburg, Virginia U.S. Military Telegraph battery wagon, Army of the Potomac headquarters taken in 1864

1864. "Atlanta, Georgia. Street view." To the right, a hatter. Everywhere else, dirt and mud. Wet plate glass negative by George N. Barnard

1864. "Atlanta, Georgia. Street view." To the right, a hatter. Everywhere else, dirt and mud. Wet plate glass negative by George N. Barnard

1864 or 1865. Deep Bottom, Virginia. Federal gunboat Mendota on the James River. Put in service May 2, 1864. From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy.

1864 or 1865. Deep Bottom, Virginia. Federal gunboat Mendota on the James River. Put in service May 2, 1864. From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy.

President Abraham Lincoln, impressed with Ulysses S Grant's fight and ability to win, had him promoted the Lieutenant General and on March 9th 1864 Grant took over command of all the Union forces.

President Abraham Lincoln, impressed with Ulysses S Grant's fight and ability to win, had him promoted the Lieutenant General and on March 9th 1864 Grant took over command of all the Union forces.

Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, also known as the "Merrimack"

Cher is back on the charts with ‘Woman’s World’

Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia, also known as the "Merrimack"

Monitor- note the shell impacts from the famous 1862 battle of the ironclads...

Monitor- note the shell impacts from the famous 1862 battle of the ironclads...

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