What was life like on the plantation shortly before the Civil War? See how they would have celebrated Christmas.
John C. Calhoun was in public office for nearly forty years. He was a great leader of the Southern people and advocate of State's rights.
The story of an escaped slave and how the community helped him to keep his freedom.
Story of the life of Lincoln born in a log cabin to becoming president.
Throughout Robert E. Lee's life, his one purpose was to do his duty. His life was one of honor.
Did you know Stonewall Jackson taught in Sunday school and even gathered the slaves of his town every Sunday and taught them the Bible. Later when he was a great soldier, he would go off to pray before a battle.
One day in April 1862 a passenger train was on its way north. At Marietta twenty men boarded the train.These men were bent on a desperate mission.
Sam Davis was a young Southern soldier who was a scout or "spy". He was only 17 years old, but was a fine rider and was in for quite an adventure.
Libby prison in Richmond Virginia held 1000 Union prisoners. There was little chance of escape but the enterprise was undertaken by a few of the most daring Union soldiers. What was their plan? Did they make it?
During the Civil War, the harbors of the Southern ports were closely blockaded so as to cut off supplies. The life of a blockade runner was full of perils and thrilling experiences.
The story of how General Sherman's army marched through the South doing property damage that was estimated at one hundred million dollars.
The terrible war had gone on for four years. The South had been drained of men and supplies and Lee saw it was useless to continue the unequal struggle any longer. This is the story of his surrender to General Grant.
At the outbreak of the Civil War a young woman who was a clerk in the Patent Office, gave up her position and volunteered to nurse soldiers with out pay. Learn of her inspiring story and how the Red Cross was begun.
What was it like to live in the South in the mid-1800's? It's so helpful to try to invision yourself in the shoes of the people who lived what you learn about in history. This story will help you do just that.
Belle Boyd, just 17 years old when the Civil War broke out was passionately loyal to the Confederate cause. She began to pick up critical information and relay it to the officers. She was as cool in courage and as firm in purpose as the bravest soldier on the battlefield and often in just as real danger. You'll be inspired by her exploits.
General Johnston had a dilemma. He needed someone to be able to report on the number and whereabouts of the Federal troops. This was made difficult by the lay of the land and the vast expanse before him. He had an idea. Twenty-one year old John Randolph Bryan had no idea when he willingly volunteered for a dangerous mission what lay ahead of him.
General John H. Morgan evinced more dauntless courage, had part in more amazing adventures, and demonstrated more perfect self-control in hazardous situations than perhaps any other of his comrades. See how he uses astounding resourcefulness in escaping unharmed from numerous perilious circumstances.
The boldest of Gen. John Morgan's exploits was his raid beyond the Ohio River in 1863. See how he performed against fierce opposition.
This is the story of "The Gallant Pelham" as the men called him. Fresh out of West Point, he proved himself so fearless and skillful, that he attracted the attention of J.E.B. Stuart who after the youth's first battle, entrusted him to organize a battery to consist of six pieces of horse artillery. Learn how his skill and intrepity inspired his men.
The most famous of all the partisan rangers of the South, during the Civil War was Colonel John Mosby. So suddenly did he appear in the open, so quickly did he vanish into the nearest forest, that he was spoken of by the foe as the Flying Dutchman of the Woods and his followers as Children of the Mist.
Perhaps the most briliant of all Mosby's exploits as a partisan ranger was his capture of General Stoughton and his raid on Fairfax Courthouse in March, 1863. The astonishing daring which he had shown and its triumphant result established his reputation as the most briliant partisan leader in the Eastern theatre of war.
Mosby's men reported that the very largest wagon train of the enemy they'd seen during the course of the war wsa headed their way. Mosby set out to investigate. This is the story. Listen to find out the result!
One of Mosby's rangers, Private Munson was captured and on a train headed for Federal prison. This is the story of his daring escape and his emotional reunion at last with his faithful stead.
Confederate Frank Stringfellow was a scout who appeared to be born for his perilous calling. He found himself in numerous hazardous situations during the course of the Civil War. Here are 2 of his adventures selected because of their particular interest.
This battalion of cadets whose average age was 17 years old fought valiantly for their first time ever. General Breckenridge told them they had exercised a decisive influence in winning the victory. Five members were killed outright, four additional died from wounds and one-fifth of the boys wounded. All the dead were buried with military honors.
Among the most hazardous and impetuous adventures during the war was the raid which Major General Harry Gilmor led on the city of Baltimore in July 1864. He was so exhausted at one point he slept while riding his horse. Here is the story.
Entrusted with an important message for General Lee, Lieutenant Wise persisted amid many dangers and perils to deliver his message to Farmville.
Colonel Withers saved Danville VA from the looting country people, from the famished Confederate soldiers, from the marauding Federal bummers, and finally from the possible depradations of thousands of hungry and angry captives. Learn of his determination, firmness, courage and promptness that entitled him to honor for his coolness and bravery.
As he rode into battle on his famous horse "Little Sorrel", he always had a Bible in his hand. After the famous Battle of Bull Run, his pastor received a letter from him. Thinking it would be news of the battle, he quickly opened it to find Stonewall Jackson's weekly contribution to finance the Sunday school for black people. Learn of this truly godly...
Find out how John Mosby and his men in one bold stroke, captured the youngest general in the Union army plus 32 men and 58 horses and earned him the reputation that the Yankee's feared.
Rather than just another prisoner, Abraham Lincoln saw a lonely boy who needed prayer and assurance as he prepared for his final journey.
General John Hunt Morgan demonstrated initiative by inventing ways out of difficult situations and employing methods of disquise to achieve victory over enemy forces.
Because of his orderliness, Col. Charles Marshall was chosen to draft the important document officially ending the Civil War in Viriginia. He was one of the two Confederate present at the surrender and the only one to write about it later.
Marcus Wright lay wounded on the top of Cemetary Ridge, with bitterness in his heart toward the Confederates. Just then the famous Robert E. Lee was passing by on his horse. Marcus yelled out, "Hurrah for the Union!" Robert E.Lee got down from his horse and what he did next may surprise you!
You'd never guess that in five years, the listless clerk behind the counter would be one of the most famous military leaders of his day- General Ulysses Simpson Grant.
Look into the personality of perhaps the most beloved hero of the Civil War, the leader of the Confederate Army- Robert E. Lee.
Henry Clay who started out a poor man , became a lawyer. Find out how he entered politics and how he used his influence in the establishment of our new nation. Find out how he postponed the conflict over slavery for ten more years.
General Forrest asked brave Emma to climb up on his horse to lead the way she knew only too well to get his troops across the creek as the Yanks had just burned the bridge. The Federals ended up surrendering to the Confederates and the great raid was over.