Civil War

Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

No, Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman Didn't Plan the March to the Sea in Louisville

Credit Steve Wiser (used with permission)

At the corner of Second and Main streets in downtown Louisville, there's a historical marker honoring the old Galt House hotel* and its famous guests, among them, Union Army Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman (played here by Brian Cranston).

The plaque says "Sherman and Grant met here March, 1864 to plan invasion that led to the 'March to the Sea.'"

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Local News
1:38 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Remains of Indiana Civil War Veterans Get Permanent Home at Arlington

The new columbarium court at Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery

The cremated remains of two Civil War soldiers from Indiana have been given a final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Union soldiers were brothers, Zuinglius and Lycurgus McCormack.   Their remains had sat on an Indianapolis funeral home shelf for more than 100 years, unclaimed and largely forgotten.

On Thursday, the national cemetery dedicated a new columbarium court,  designed to hold the cremated remains of more than 20,000 eligible service members and family.

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Politics
2:54 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Rogers Bill Seeks to Preserve Civil War Battlefield Site

Wayne County Historical Society

Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers has reintroduced legislation to preserve a Civil War site in southern Kentucky.

The bill seeks to recognize the Mill Springs Battlefield site in Pulaski and Wayne counties. The battle on Jan. 19, 1862, was the second largest in Kentucky. The fight resulted in a Union victory and blazeda trail for Union troops to move from Kentucky into Tennessee.

The measure calls for a National Park Service study on incorporating the battlefield into the national parks system. Currently, the battlefield is being preserved through private sources.

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Arts
9:32 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Documentary Studies How America Coped With Civil War Deaths

Historians now estimate that 750,000 people died in the American Civil War, two-and-a-half percent of the population.

The Union and the Confederacy were both ill-equipped to deal with the carnage as the fighting escalated.

Filmmaker Ric Burns’ new documentary, Death and the Civil War, which premieres tonight on public television, focuses on how the war forced Americans to improvise ways of coping with battlefield casualties and honoring their war dead.

Local News
4:00 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Battle of Perryville Sesquicentennial Approaching

This fall marks the 150th anniversary of Kentucky’s largest Civil War battle.     Planning is well underway for the October re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville.

It was one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Civil War, with more than seven thousand casualties. It also marked a strategic tipping point for the Union, which would control Kentucky for the rest of the war.

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