Civil War

Teachers help archaeologists uncover the past

The site of a Confederate arsenal in Fayetteville, NC will soon become a Civil War museum and learning center. But before that happens, archaeologists combed through the remains of the arsenal to look for clues about what life was like working in the arsenal. The team of archaeologists enlisted the help of teachers and students in the process.

Looking For Lincoln

Former Disney animator and President Lincoln fan Christopher Oakley never thought his project to animate the Gettysburg Address would lead to an important historical discovery. But while researching the project, Oakley used his animation skills and new technology to discover a never-before-seen image of Lincoln at Gettysburg, also revealing that an image everyone thought was of Lincoln, was not.

So What Happened to the Confederate Dead?

In the modern media’s coverage of wars, the word “casualty” usually refers to a person who has been killed. Not so during the Civil War. Take the Battle of Gettysburg, in which historians estimate there were about 28,000 Confederate casualties. In the reporting of the time, that meant soldiers killed, wounded and captured. Essentially, a “casualty” back then meant a soldier who was not able to return to the field of battle.