Tag Archives: James A. Garfield National Historic Site

The Lost Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln shared the stage with two other speakers the day he gave his famed Gettysburg Address. The keynote speaker, Edward Everett—a renowned orator who served as the president of Harvard, ambassador to Britain, senator, and governor of Massachusetts … Continue reading

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Learn about Fort Sumter from the experts

For the last few years, we’ve partnered with the James A. Garfield National Historic Site to discuss the major battles, leaders and legacies of the Civil War. Now we’ll talk about how it began. We’re focusing on Fort Sumter during a … Continue reading

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Petticoats, Patriotism & Perfidy: Female Spies during the Civil War

When we discuss the Civil War, we are often discussing men—male generals, male soldiers, even male presidents. If a woman enters the conversation, it is typically either Harriet Tubman or Clara Barton. Both are spectacular and important people. However, there were … Continue reading

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Learn about Lincoln’s Vice Presidents

Our Leaders & Legacies of the Civil War series continues Wednesday with a special look at Abraham Lincoln’s two, very different vice presidents: Hannibal Hamlin and Andrew Johnson. Hamlin—an anti-slavery Democrat who became a Republican—was nominated as Lincoln’s running partner in part … Continue reading

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Learn about the Civil War & Abraham Lincoln’s re-election

Yes, the 2016 presidential campaign was unique, but it wasn’t the first extraordinary election in our country’s history. For example, in 1864, the United States held its first presidential election during wartime. Many even suggested postponing the election, but President … Continue reading

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