Richmond falls to Grant's army, Lee surrenders, Lincoln is assassinated, and the war ends.
While causalities mount, Lincoln’s re-election chances dim.
Follow the Battle of Gettysburg, draft riots, and the first African-American troops.
Lincoln’s war to preserve the Union transforms to a war to emancipate the slaves.
Find out what caused the war, examining slavery and questions of union and states’ rights.
About The Civil War
Between 1861 and 1865, Americans made war on each other and killed each other in great numbers if only to become the kind of country that could no longer conceive of how that was possible. What began as a bitter dispute over Union and States' Rights, ended as a struggle over the meaning of freedom in America.
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