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Benjamin Butler (1818–1893) was an American politician and a Union general during the Civil War. During the 1850s, Butler served as a Democrat in the Massachusetts state legislature. Butler worked to compromise with Southerners to prevent disunion, but he steadfasty supported the Union when war broke out. He received a political appointment as a Union officer, and as brigadier general in the Massachusetts militia he commanded troops in putting down the Baltimore Riots of 1861. He was promoted to major general and stationed in command at...
This online exhibition of letters and audio, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Legacy Project, features correspondence from over 200 years of American conflicts, ranging from the Revolution to the war in Iraq. This exhibition uses the words of famous generals and lesser-known troops, as well as parents, sweethearts, and children, to explore such themes as leaving home, life in the military, the pride and worries of those left behind, and ultimate sacrifice.
Despite unfair compensation, segregation, and even legal bars on military service, African Americans have served in every conflict in United States history.
Historian Matthew Pinsker leads a virtual teacher’s tour of the Battle of Gettysburg, highlighting key moments and individuals to illustrate the broad story of the battle, its implications for the Civil War, and its legacy in American history.
Andrew Carroll, founder of the Legacy Project, recounts his search for letters from America’s wars and reads excerpts from several.