Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!

I ate lunch with a Hooker today (Humor to Sadness)

  • 266
  • 20
I ate lunch next to Federal Major General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Hooker's grave today at the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati, Ohio.






Gettysburg shells.

  • 118
  • 2
Here are a few of my artillery shells from Gettysburg. Shenkl shell off of the Henry Culp Farm, remains of a exploded Hotchkiss shell found in Reynold's Woods, and a 12Ib Bormann found on Little Round Top.
All have documentation from the John Geiselman collection.

The Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee, April 6 & 7, 1862

  • 828
  • 21
Wallcate.com - Don Troiani-Paintings (11)Shiloh.jpg

Don Troiani's Men of Arkansas! portrays Confederate commander general Albert Sidney Johnston mounted at right exhorting his men for another assault on the Federal lines during the Battle of Shiloh on April 6, 1862. Johnston is brandishing a new tin cup taken from one of the overrun Union camps that morning after reproving one of his subordinates for allowing his men to loot; afterwards he soothed the crestfallen officer by picking up the cup with the comment, "Let this be my share of the spoils" and for some reason carrying it around the rest of the day. Note the Rackensackers are armed with a variety of old flintlock rifles and...

Where Is It Wednesday, Gettysburg

  • 115
  • 4
Identify the location of this photo...

Thomas Nast's Cartoon on April, 1, 1864

  • 863
  • 3
Thomas Nast did a cartoon on April 1, 1863 celebrating April Fool's Day. It was also then known as All Fool's Day. This cartoon is a mosaic of several April Fool's pranks.


Image from post #2 - thank you @AndyHall

See the cartoon and read history at

http://www.harpweek.com/09Cartoon/Cartoon Of The Day.asp?Month=March?Date=29

Happy April 1st to all!

All Fools Day, Predictably Foolish, 1861-1865

  • 421
  • 4
smile best.jpg

This wonderful gentleman, for all we know, could be smiling sometime in June or October- but bet he indulged himself each April 1st. We could be looking at a Very Dangerous Man.

Generally spend April 1st wildly on the defensive, skulking indoors, wearing hats when out, a fugitive from yucksters. You'd have to meet my family. Easter is killing the whole refugee thing, have a feeling it'll be an awfully long holiday.

April 1st may be missed by the usual fools this year, competing with Easter Sunday but seems to have been not missed during the war- at all. Have to say some singularly humorless individuals seem to have used April 1, 1861-1865 to bemoan...

Latest posts

What was the greatest cause of Lee's overall defeat?

  • Conditions: It is what Lee points to for his defeat.

    Votes: 46 45.1%
  • Generalship: Grant's military campaign against Lee.

    Votes: 30 29.4%
  • Other: There always another reason why?

    Votes: 26 25.5%
Fewer ads. Lots of American Civil War content!

CivilWarTalk Bookshop

Visit the

Time Remaining....

until 2020 Fall Muster!
"Bloody Shiloh"

Forum statistics

Latest member

Featured Forums

War of the Rebellion Forums
► General History
► Biographies
► Wartime Politics
Battle Forums
► Siege of Fort Sumter
► Bull Run / Manassas
► Battle of Shiloh
► Antietam / Sharpsburg
► Battle of Gettysburg
► Siege of Vicksburg
► War in the East
► Atlanta Campaign
► War in the South & West
► The Naval War
Biography Forums
► Abraham Lincoln Forum
► Robert E. Lee Forum
► U.S. Grant Forum
► Stonewall Jackson Forum
► James Longstreet Forum
► Joshua L. Chamberlain Forum
► Nathan B. Forrest Forum
► George E. Pickett Forum
► William T. Sherman Forum
Women of the Civil War
► Ladies Tea Room
See & Be a Part of History
► Reenactors Forum
► Traveler's Guide
► Civil War Ancestry
The Knapsack
► Uniforms & Relics
► Weapons & Ammo
► Photography
Special Features
16 Special Forums
► Foods of the Civil War
► Period Books & Movies
► Ghosts & Hauntings
► Battlefield Preservation
► Sutlers & Classifieds
► The Civil War from A to Z
Contests & Activities
► Monthly WBtS Trivia Game
► Photo of the Month
► Caption This!
► Throwback Thursdays

Mission Statement

CivilWarTalk is a forum for students and fans of the American Civil War. Our online community of Historians, Skirmishers, Re-enactors, Educators, and Enthusiasts is dedicated to the exchange of ideas and information related to the War Between the States. Our goal is to become the leading resource for every researcher seeking historical information and opinions relating to the American Civil War.

The American Civil War

The American Civil War, arguably the most traumatic event in the history of the United States, was fought from 1861 to 1865, and was the culmination of sectional issues which deeply divided the country between a pro-Federal government North and a pro-states rights, in the pro-slavery South, whose eleven states formed a breakaway government called the Confederate States of America. The costliest war in terms of human lives, the American Civil War claimed in excess of 620,000 battle or disease-related deaths - roughly two percent of the country's total population, and nearly more deaths than all other American wars combined.

Learn More about the American Civil War

► Who was in the Civil War?
► What was the Civil War about?
► When was the Civil War?
► Where was the Civil War fought?
► Women of the Civil War
► About Gettysburg
► Who was Abraham Lincoln?