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Special feature

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
African Americans [Other]

The Emancipation Proclamation invited slaves to enlist in the Union cause. Read about the fighting efforts of African Americans across the South. Video clip and gallery available.

Jesse James
Guerrilla Tactics [Text-based]

Experts talk about the Centralia massacre and extreme violence in the lives of Missouri bushwhackers.

Ulysses S. Grant
You're the General [Non-Flash interactive]

April 1862. General Grant and the Union army are on the move. They need to seize Corinth, Mississippi -- but how? If you were Grant, what would you do?

Ulysses S. Grant
You're the General: More from Shiloh [Video]

April 1862. General Grant and the Union army are on the move. They need to seize Corinth, Mississippi -- but how? If you were Grant, what would you do? Visit the site with a group of students and a park ranger. See a demonstration of a Civil War rifle being shot. (Four clips)

Ulysses S. Grant
You're the General: Recreation of the Battle of Shiloh [Video]

Watch a recreation of the Battle of Shiloh.

Ulysses S. Grant
You're the General: Kids in the Civil War [Text-based]

Read about what kids went through at the time of the Civil War?

Ulysses S. Grant
You're the General: Meet the Generals [Text-based]

Find out who's who in this roster of Union and Confederate leaders.

War Letters
Share Your Stories [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Did you or someone in your family receive or send mail during wartime? Have you saved war letters from any of America's wars? Send in your stories.

War Letters
Special Delivery [Non-Flash interactive]

Play a military postal history game and get the mail from the front lines to the home front.

War Letters
Save Your Letters [Video]

Learn how to preserve important documents for future generations. Conservation specialist Linda Edquist demonstrates some easy methods. Twelve clips.

War Letters
The Legacy Project [Video]

Find out about the Legacy Project, Andrew Carroll's all-volunteer organization that works to honor the men and women who served America in wartime.

Maps

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Battle of Fredericksburg [Other]

Travel back to December 13, 1862, with historian Joseph Glatthaar, and trace the tactics of Confederate general Robert E. Lee and Union general Ambrose Burnside. Map with video clip.

Primary source

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Foot Soldier [Video]

Follow a Confederate and a Union soldier into battle. Six clips.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
A Nurse's Diary [Text-based]

Read excerpts by Kate Cumming, a Confederate nurse.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
A Woman' World: News Clippings: A Confederate Spy in Prison [Text-based]

Rose O'Neal Greenhow protests her unjust treatment in a Union prison to Lincoln's Secretary of State.

Ulysses S. Grant
Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant [Text-based]

Read an electronic edition of Ulysses Grant's famous Personal Memoirs, a 19th-century bestseller. Battling terminal throat cancer, Grant raced to complete his account of the Civil War.

Ulysses S. Grant
Cyrus F. Boyd: A Union Soldier at Shiloh [Text-based]

Cyrus Boyd used the daily notes he'd kept to write about his wartime experience, in the form of a journal. In this excerpt from the unpublished journal he tells about his experience in the battle of Shiloh.

Ulysses S. Grant
Henry Morton Stanley: A Confederate Soldier at Shiloh [Text-based]

Nineteenth century foreign correspondent Henry Morton Stanley remembers his experience as a confederate soldier in the battle of Shiloh.

Gallery

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
The Camera Goes to War [Image-based]

Browse a gallery of historic photographs, and learn about the people behind the lens.

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Telegraph Snapshots [Image-based]

Browse a gallery of snapshots showing how the telegraph affected Americans over the years.

Ulysses S. Grant
Gallery: Cartoons about Ulysses S. Grant [Image-based]

Ulysses Grant lived in the public limelight from his first battlefield successes in 1862 until his death in 1885. Browse these pro- and anti-Grant political cartoons, spanning his military and political careers, and investigate the range of popular opinions about Grant and the major issues of his time.

Timeline

Jesse James
Timeline: The Life and Times of Jesse James [Text-based]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a Las Vegas chronology.

Secrets of a Master Builder
James Eads Timeline [Text-based]

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Streamliners Timeline [Text-based]

The Great Transatlantic Cable
Timeline [Text-based]

The Telephone
Technology Timeline [Flash interactive]

From Benjamin Franklin's lightning rod to the Hubble Space Telescope, explore some of America's technological innovations and inventions. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Ulysses S. Grant
Timeline: Ulysses S. Grant's Life [Text-based]

War Letters
Chronology of U.S. Military Actions and Wars, 1775 - 1995 [Text-based]

Read a timeline with maps of military actions and wars the U.S. has been in here and overseas.

Bibliography

Jesse James
Further Reading [Text-based]

Secrets of a Master Builder
Further Reading [Text-based]

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Further Reading [Text-based]

Ulysses S. Grant
Further Reading [Text-based]

War Letters
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Travel back to the Lincolns' time and explore women's rights, slavery and abolition, antebellum politics, the growth of the industrial economy, and the Civil War.

Jesse James
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Assess the myths and realities of American outlaws, define terrorism, trace the fallout from the Missouri Compromise, and examine post-Civil War politics.

Secrets of a Master Builder
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Find out how a self-made man and one of America's greatest engineers mastered the Mississippi.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Take a trip on America's shimmering silver locomotives, in the heyday of the U.S. passenger rail system.

The Telephone
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Study the telephone, and discuss monopolies, patents, and women in the workforce.

War Letters
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discuss censorship, wartime service and sacrifice, and the experiences of individuals affected by war.