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K-12
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Date Posted:
12/31/2010
Printed in Morse code and transcribed by Samuel Morse himself, this message was transmitted from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., over the nation's first long-distance telegraph line.
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K-12
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Date Posted:
12/31/2010
Cher Ami was a registered Black Check cock carrier pigeon, one of 600 birds owned and flown by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. He delivered twelve important messages within the American sector at Verdun; on his last mission, October 4, 1918, he was shot through the breast
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5-12
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Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/30/2010
On February 16, 1862, General Buckner surrendered Fort Donelson. The unconditional surrender created jubilation throughout the North and shock in Dixie. It was the North’s first major victory of the Civil War, opening the way into the very heart of the Confederacy.
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5-12
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Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/30/2010
Union belt buckle found on the battlefield at Winchester, Virginia.
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5-12
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Date Posted:
12/30/2010
Until May 12, 1864, this shattered stump was a large oak tree in a rolling meadow just outside Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. The same fury of rifle bullets that cut down 2,000 combatants tore away all but twenty-two inches of the tree's trunk. Several of the conical minie balls (bullets) ar
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5-12
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Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/30/2010
At the Battle of Gettysburg, the Union saw the value of securing a rocky outcropping called Little Round Top.  Strong Vincent seized the opportunity, taking the boulder and yelling to his men, “Don’t give an inch.” As he uttered the words a bullet tore through his thigh and lodged
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5-12
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Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/30/2010
This camp chair was used by Ulysses Grant during the Civil War.
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5-12
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Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/30/2010
In September 1861 Ulysses S. Grant was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers by President Abraham Lincoln. Grant directed Sherman to drive through the South while he himself, with the Army of the Potomac, pinned down Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. On April 9, 1865,
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5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/29/2010
This Sharps carbine, .52 caliber, was confiscated following John Brown’s raid at Harpers Ferry.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/29/2010
The 5th New York Volunteer Infantry, "Duryee's Zouaves," was one of the most renowned fighting regiments of the American Civil War.  Their colorful Zouave uniforms were based on those of the elite Zouave battalion of the French Army.
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