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A House Divided: December 26, 2010 - January 1, 2011

Tweeting the Civil War: Anderson moves men to Ft. Sumter

The Washington Post is tweeting the events leading to the secession of South Carolina 150 years ago, in the words of the people who lived it -- from journals, letters, official records and newspapers of the day, particularly The Washington...

By Mary Hadar  | December 31, 2010; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  News, Tweeting the war  
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New postal stamps commemorate Ft. Sumter, First Manassas

Collectors of all things Civil War will be very happy with two new stamps that the U.S. Postal Service will issue on April 12. One commemorates Fort Sumter with a brilliantly colored reproduction of a Currier & Ives lithograph showing...

By Linda Wheeler  | December 30, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  150th anniversary, News  
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Message in bottle carries bad news

The message was 147 years old but its impact had not lessened: no help coming. It was sent in a glass vial sealed with a cork and told Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton that there would be no reinforcements to...

By Linda Wheeler  | December 30, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Joan Waugh: Was Major Robert Anderson's decision to abandon Ft. Moultrie and move his troops to Ft. Sumter his best option?

Anderson made the best decision he could for his country, preserving a symbol of United States sovereignty over South Carolina until the bitter end...

By Joan Waugh  | December 27, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Frank J. Williams: Was Maj. Robert Anderson's decision to abandon Ft. Moultrie and move his troops to Ft. Sumter his best decision?

Major Anderson had no other realistic military choice either as Ft. Moultrie was vulnerable and Federal troops were severely outnumbered with only 77 officers, noncoms and troops ...

By Frank J. Williams  | December 27, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Scott Hartwig: Was Maj. Robert Anderson's decision to abandon Ft. Moultrie and move his troops to Ft. Sumter his best option?

Fort Sumter was the only defensible point available to Anderson and his small garrison. It could not be attacked by land and could be reinforced and resupplied by water ...

By Scott Hartwig  | December 27, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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