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Discover history beyond the history books.

The Civil War was much more than famous battles and charismatic generals. Regular people — the enlisted
soldiers and the families they left behind — have compelling stories to tell as well.

Four years that changed America forever.

Learn more about the battles and speeches, the politics and the people who
played a role in one of the most monumental conflicts in our nation’s history.

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