History Stories
CATEGORY: Confederate States of America
How Slavery Became the Economic Engine of the South
March 6, 2018

Slavery was so profitable, it sprouted more millionaires per capita in the Mississippi River valley than anywhere in the nation. Read More

Why the Civil War Actually Ended 16 Months After Lee Surrendered
March 5, 2018

For one thing, things were a little confusing in Texas. Read More

Chasing the Myth of Confederate Gold
February 28, 2018

Jefferson Davis fled Richmond with multiple wagons filled with gold and silver. When he was captured, he had almost nothing. Where did the loot go? Read More

How The U.S. Got So Many Confederate Monuments
August 17, 2017

These commemorations tell a national story. Read More

How the Cult of Robert E. Lee Was Born
August 14, 2017

History is usually written by the victors, but not in this case. Read More

A Tale of Two Cities: New Orleans and the Fight Over Confederate Monuments
May 11, 2017

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The Final Confederate Surrender, 150 Years Ago
November 6, 2015

When the Confederate warship CSS Shenandoah finally surrendered 150 years ago today, the Civil War ended in a most unlikely place—Liverpool, England. Read More

10 Things You May Not Know About Jefferson Davis
May 11, 2015

On the anniversary of the capture of Jefferson Davis by Union forces, explore 10 surprising facts about the Confederate president. Read More

The Hunley’s Daring Submarine Mission, 150 Years Ago
February 17, 2014

When the Confederate submarine Hunley sank a Union warship 150 years ago, it didn’t change the course of the Civil War, yet it altered naval warfare forever. Read More