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  • Collection: Civil War Background

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Manassas was the location of the first battle of the Civil War because of its crucial location at the intersection of two major modes of transportation - roads and railroads. Located at the confluence of Warrenton Turnpike and the Alexandria and…

In the late 1850's Planter Jon Lee died. Owner of James Robinson's wife Susan Gaskins and their eight children, Lee freed the entire Robinson family still living on his property in his will. Unfortunately, two of the family's sons, Alfred and James,…

This famous broadside was first to advertise secession, run by South Carolina's Charleston Mercury. South Carolina was the first state to secede.


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