Civil War Heroes
John 15:13…Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
The Civil War has dozens of known heroes, perhaps hundreds of unknown heroes who often performed undocumented acts of service in the name of gallant soldiering as well as acts of mercy and selfless humanity. Most in fact performed quiet heroics every day given the challenges they faced in their daily lives and during those desperate moments they faced on the field of battle.
Unspeakable terror on those battlefields that they accepted with courage, and with genuine concern for their colleagues and often their enemy who once wore the blue. Both men and women, young and old, soldiers and civilians, from both the Industrious North and our historic and beloved Antebellum South would live on in history and become major contributors to our great American dream.
Their immortal names spoken in hushed and reverent tones as families told the stories of their loved ones courageous and selfless deeds. The passionate and final sacrifice offered by their brave relatives at the moment of truth..offered for their beliefs, for their families and homes, for their states rights and for the freedom for all men that Abraham Lincoln envisioned and would later grant in his Emancipation Proclamation. All were Civil War heroes.
This site .. “The Civil War” is dedicated first..to all of the men and women who were actually part of this great struggle from the first shot on Ft.Sumter, April 12,1861 .. to the moment Robert E. Lee put pen to surrender papers at Appomattox, Va. on April 9,1865 .
Dedicated to those who suffered after .. for their participation in our American Civil War..from Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain’s continuous pain he would live with all his life (Chamberlain is best known for his 20th Maine holding the “left flank” at Gettyburg on July 2,1863..a small hill known as “Little Round Top”.) He was later shot through the hip on June 18,1864 in the area of Petersburgh, Va. during the seige.
Remembered are the widows, orphans, and those humble veterans from north and south who would suffer silently..emotionally scarred ( see Soldiers Heart ) .. until their time passed. All were casualties of the greatest struggle for rights, freedom, unity.. Civil War heroes all.
Our sincere thanks to the modern folks who understand the importance of that era of uncertainty, of terror and sadness…of elation and faith..and unspoken promise..that one day the Union of the United States of America would be whole again..one Union again..forever.
We thank them for their investment of money, energy, time and passion in understanding the importance of “passing the torch” of knowledge to all of us..especially our children.
To them all from the great authors of the Civil War..to the battlefield guides..to the Preservation agencies men and women who fight tirelessly to protect the battlefield locations..for our children’s future.
And lastly and importantly to President Abraham Lincoln, the man whose dedication and sacrifice of family, health and ultimately his very life was the cornerstone of this brutal struggle to save our young republic from division, and the uncertain changes that would have taken place had the dream of secession been realized.
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.
I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,