Mark Twain’s Civil War Experience

Mark Twain is an iconic American writer best known for his classic novels such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Although a writer by trade, Twain also served a brief stint as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. Twain was born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in a small … Read more

Civil War Photography

The Civil War was one of the first wars to be documented by photography. The invention of photography in the 1820s allowed the horrors and glory of war to be seen by the public for the first time. Dozens of photographers, some private and some employees of the army, snapped photos of the soldiers as … Read more

Who Were the Buffalo Soldiers?

Buffalo soldiers are often confused with the African-American soldiers who fought during the Civil War. Although over 180,000 black soldiers fought in black regiments during the war, the term “Buffalo soldiers” only refers to the black regiments established after the war had ended. In 1866, Congress authorized six regiments of black soldiers, each staffed by … Read more

Civil War Facts & Statistics

There are many myths and misconceptions about the Civil War. Here are some facts and statistics to set the record straight. ♠ Civil War soldiers had a 7 to 1 chance of surviving a battle wound. In comparison, soldiers in the Korean war had a 50 to 1 chance of surviving a battle wound. ♠ … Read more