Largest City in the Confederate States of America

Image: Farragut's Fleet Passing the Forts Below New Orleans
By Mauritz Frederick Hendrick de Haas
The USS Hartford leads the Union fleet up the Mississippi during the Battle of New Orleans.

New Orleans and its vital port became a major source of armament, supplies, and income to the Confederate Army. Its location near the mouth of the Mississippi River made the city an important and early target of …Read More...

Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

On May 7, 1864, after two days of brutal fighting failed to produce a victory at The Wilderness, previous Union commanders would have chosen to withdraw behind the Rappahannock River. But General Ulysses S. Grant ordered General George Meade to move around Lee's right flank and seize the important crossroads at Spotsylvania Court House to the southeast.

Image: Bonnie Blue Flag by Don Troiani
Mule Shoe, Spotsylvania Court House, May 12, 1864

Our Nation's Capital During the Civil War

Image: Balloon View of Washington DC
Note the unfinished dome on the Capitol Building

Washington Defenses
When the first inklings emerged early in 1861 that there might actually be a war between the North and South, the residents of Washington DC whose sympathies were with the Union began to feel a little threatened. By the end of April 1861, 11,000 Union troops had arrived in Washington and were put to work …Read More...

Fredericksburg: City of Hospitals

Image: Fredericksburg during the Civil War

Prior to the Civil War, Fredericksburg, Virginia was a town of approximately 5000 residents. After the War began, it became important primarily because it was located midway between the Union and Confederate capitals: Washington and Richmond.

In early December 1862, during the initial stages of the Battle of Fredericksburg, the town's civilians were in a quandary. Should they stay or should they go? Many were reluctant to leave …Read More...