Interesting history - little known facts about the Civil War

1. When Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation was not in fact the release of all slaves, it was only free the slaves in rebellious states. It is interesting that he chose to free the slaves in states that had the least amount of energy to do so. But they nevertheless have a political purpose by adding a moral component to the cause of the Union and allowed blacks to join the Union Army and Navy. At the end of the war more than 200,000 blacks had fought for the Union.

2. Union General Major General Lovell H. Rousseau once arrested the leading citizens during the occupation of the Union of Huntsville, Alabama, and every day puts one of them to the Union trains traveling within and outside the city to discourage Confederates firing indiscriminately on the trains.

3. At the end of the war, federal funds had paid for an estimated 840,000 horses and mules over 430,000. Confederate soldiers and mounted officers were required to provide their own horses although they are paid a daily rate of forty cents. If the horse was killed, was required to find a new one or could be transferred to the infantry service.

4. During the American Civil War, more men died from the disease died from actual combat. Exact numbers are hard to come by, especially in the Confederate side since many records were lost or destroyed. The estimates, however, that the total number of deaths in the civil war of more than 600,000 for the two sides together. Of that amount, just over 200,000 were from combat and the rest were due to illness and other causes.

5. It was a forgone conclusion that Robert E. Lee would be the command of the Confederate States Army. In many ways, who sympathized with the North. In his view, slavery wrong and supported by the preservation of the Union, however, refused Lincoln's offer to command the Union forces. In the end, his loyalty to his state of Virginia was stronger than his loyalty to the Union.

6. On April 14, 1865, Lincoln invited Grant and his wife to join him and Mrs. Lincoln in Washington. Mrs. Grant did not have particularly warm feelings to Mrs. Lincoln so declined the offer. If they had gone to Washington, he would probably have been there that night, when Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theater.

7. The son of President Lincoln, Robert Todd Lincoln was once saved from falling under a train by the famous actor Edwin Booth. A few months later, the brother of Edwin Booth, John Wilks Booth to assassinate President Lincoln.

8. The first fatality in the Civil War was an accident. After two days of shelling by the Confederates at Fort Sumter causing serious damage and many fires had not yet killed. After running short in supply, the largest in the UniĆ³nRobert Anderson accepted the surrender of the fortress, one of the stipulations is to be allowed to salute the flag and took him down. The next day, during the salute gun 100, a burning piece of cartridge landed on a bunch of new cartridges causing an explosion that killed a soldier. Daniel Hough and fatally wounded another.

9. Ulysses S. Grant 's wife Julia Grant was once taken prisoner by the Confederates. Julia and her youngest son Jesse often traveled Ulysses and stayed in their fields in order to have "good home cooking." In December 1862, Julia was captured by Confederate troops under the command of Brigadier General of the Confederation. General Nathan Bedford Forrest. This is believed to be the only wife of a Union general to be taken prisoner. When his identity was discovered, Forrest had been released immediately.

10. The first submarine to sink an enemy ship was the HL Hunley. On February 17, 1864, the Confederate submarine with a crew of eight as a lieutenant confederadoGeorge Dixon, went into the Charleston Harbor to sink the USS Housatonic Union. The sub was man powered by hand cranks attached to the propeller shaft. They succeeded in binding of an explosive to the USS Housatonic and detonated it, sending the ship in the background, however, before he could return to port, the HL Hunley sank to the bottom also killing its entire crew.

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