Civil War



The Union Army had more than 2,000,000 members over the course of the Civil War. Federico Fernández Cavada, Pauline Cushman, and Edward Day Cohota were three who fought for the United States in different ways. Cavada served in the revolutionary Balloon Corps in 1862. Pauline Cushman was one of the many women who played a crucial role in the war, serving as a Union spy. Edward Day Cohota was a Chinese American soldier who served in the Union Army and subsequently spent almost thirty years in the military.



Image Source: Charles McFadden, Letter to his sisters, 1861, Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC02169.08

Letter with stamp of Union soldier holding the US flag

Lives and Legacies of US Veterans and Service Members

Professional Development

A mix of online and in-person PD sessions exploring American Veterans' and Service Members' lives on and off the battlefield.

Lesson Plans

These units focus on the service and sacrifice of military personnel help students learn and practice the skills to analyze visual and textual source materials.

Online Exhibition

This online exhibition introduces viewers to nineteen men and women who served during six conflicts in American history.