The British Press on the American Civil War

In 1865, British author and editor, Sir Leslie Stephen, published a 30-page pamphlet criticizing The Times of London for its poor reporting on the American Civil War. The pamphlet, titled “The Times on the American War,” was inspired by Stephen’s … Continue reading

Boston Corbett on John Wilkes Booth’s Death

Boston Corbett was the sergeant who shot and killed John Wilkes Booth on April 26, 1865 in Port Royal, Va. Corbett, whose real name was Thomas P. Corbett, was a London immigrant and a deeply religious man who changed his … Continue reading

Captain Sidney Clarke’s Firsthand Account of the Lawrence Massacre

On August 21, 1863, a rebel guerrilla group called Quantrill’s Raiders, led by William Quantrill, raided the pro-Union town of Lawrence, Kansas. The raiders killed close to 200 men and boys and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from residents … Continue reading

Captain Sally Louisa Tompkins: Nurse and Officer in the Confederate Army

Sally Louisa Tompkins was a Civil War nurse and the only officially commissioned female officer in the Confederate Army. The following are some facts about Sally Louisa Tompkins: Sally Tompkins Childhood: Born on November 9, 1833 into a wealthy Virginia … Continue reading

The Disappearance of Sarah Slater: Confederate Spy and Lincoln Conspirator

Sarah Gilbert Slater was a mysterious Confederate spy who worked with both John Wilkes Booth and John Surratt prior to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln but disappeared shortly after without a trace. Federal investigators began pursuing Sarah Slater after she … Continue reading

Edwin Booth Voted for Abraham Lincoln

Despite his connection to his Confederate-sympathizing brother, John Wilkes Booth, stage actor Edwin Booth voted for Abraham Lincoln in 1864. John Wilkes Booth was reportedly deeply disappointed by his brother’s vote and lectured him for supporting Lincoln. Although Edwin was … Continue reading

William Quantrill’s Three Graves

William Quantrill was the leader of a violent group of Confederate guerrillas, known as Quantrill’s Raiders, whose members included brothers Frank and Jesse James. After Quantrill was shot and paralyzed during a skirmish with Union soldiers in Louisville, Kentucky in … Continue reading

Civil War Food

Civil War food was very different from the types of food we eat today. Due to war-time food shortages and a lack of both refrigeration and large-scale food processing, most meals were simple, easy to prepare dishes made from basic … Continue reading

James Russell Lowell’s Endorsement of Abraham Lincoln

James Russell Lowell was an abolitionist and poet from Cambridge, Massachusetts who served as the first editor of the Atlantic Monthly magazine from 1857 to 1861. In October of 1860, Lowell wrote a long article titled “The Election in November,” … Continue reading

Benjamin Butler: The Yankee Who Voted For Jefferson Davis

Benjamin Butler was a Massachusetts Senator who served as a Union General during the Civil War. Despite the fact that he was a Democrat and a Northerner, during the 1860 National Democratic Convention in Charleston, Butler voted 57 times in … Continue reading