May 22, 1863 - Union forces under Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks begins the siege of Port Hudson (right). Advancing in support of Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg Campaign, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks was tasked with capturing Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson, LA. Show More Summary
Ten-year-old Jack Sinclair discovered a Civil War cannonball when digging in his back yard in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England. His father had dug up a tree root and Jack, an avowed digger of things, kept excavating the hole until it was two feet deep. When his spade hit something hard, he thought it was a rock [...]
You just know that your re-enactment of the Civil War isn’t going very well when either the Geico Insurance Caveman or Conan O’Brien decide to join your army. As much as you’d like to cheer for your side, sometimes you just wish that some guys would join the other side. This is one of those [...]
The New York Times report, "Trial on Guatemalan Civil War Carnage Leaves Out U.S. Role," raises at least one obvious question: How much has U.S. coverage of the Ríos Montt trial talked about U.S. support for genocide?
Four Civil War sites, one each in Maryland and Virginia and two in Washington, have announced plans for services or events for Memorial Day that include parades, wreath laying, plantation, cemetery and battlefield tours, and rifle demonstrations. Read full article >>
Man with a horn, ca. 1861-65. "Soldier in Union infantry uniform with saxhorn." Sixth-plate tintype, hand-colored. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.
Watch Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream on PBS. See more from Why Poverty?. Not even a week after Buzzfeed’s relationship with the Koch Brothers is exposed do we learn that a near civil war erupted in public television over documentaries that focused on Charles and David Koch. In an expose written by [...]
The Syrian army is pummeling the rebel-held town of Qusair, about six miles from the border with Lebanon — and they have help. While the forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad bombard the town with airstrikes and artilleryShow More Summary
Three people have been killed and about 40 wounded in two days of fighting in Lebanon’s northern city of Tripoli, security sources said on Monday, as sectarian violence spilled over from the civil war in Syria. Rocket-propelled grenades and heavy gunfire shook the city overnight but the exchanges had tapered off into sporadic sniper fire [...]
(BEIRUT) — A Syrian group that tracks the country’s civil war says 23 fighters from the militant group Hezbollah have been killed in fierce clashes in a strategic town near the Lebanese border. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the fighters died in the fighting Sunday around the rebel-held town of Qusair. Show More Summary
Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon have taken their most prominent role yet in the Syrian civil war, fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad's forces as the military attempts to regain control of a strategic rebel-held city near the Lebanese order. Activists say at least 23 members of the Iran-backed militant group have been...
Taliban resurgence could immediately undo any improvements made under U.S. occupation, as could economic collapse, civil war and regional instability.
It is sometimes easy to forget in the turbulent world of Civil War memory that these men died for the country that all of us call home. [I took this photograph earlier today in Concord, MA.]
The first car bomb in Reyhanli exploded in the early afternoon beside a government building. The second went off in a crowded market square a few minutes later. It was a Saturday; the square was full. Fifty-one people were killed and...Show More Summary
More Civil War cutups. "Unidentified men in Union uniforms, one pointing a revolver at another's head." Half-plate tintype, hand-colored. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.
Several days ago, the new President of the National Rifle Association, not only called President Obama a “fake president” but went on to suggest that the Civil War was an example of an armed citizenry, and thusly, training all able bodied...Show More Summary
Wikimedia Commons "Cavalry Charge Near Brandy Station, Virginia," a drawing by Edwin Forbes, 1864 A preservation group is trying to protect the site of the largest cavalry battle in North America. The Civil War Trust has announced it has nearly reached its $3.6 million goal to preserve 56 acres of the site of the Battle of Brandy Station. Show More Summary
An Arab League committee on Syria will hold an emergency meeting on Thursday ahead of an international peace conference on ending the country’s civil war, the bloc’s deputy leader said on Sunday. The foreign ministers of Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Oman, Qatar and Sudan would discuss a US-Russian push for a conference aimed at finding a [...]
Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun defended during a dinner on Saturday evening Hezbollah’s siding with the Syrian regime in its crackdown against the pro democracy uprising, citing the protection of the Lebanese people in Syria as the main cause of the intervention. “Hezbollah’s intervention in fighting only started when towns inhabited by [...]
Security heightened in Baghdad after four days of apparent sectarian violence in which least 140 people have died.