Civil War 150

Civil War 150

Ongoing special coverage of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War

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We're following the Civil War, chapter by chapter. Click on the boxes below for installments in our series, view videos and photo galleries, find a Civil War battlefield, and much more. 

Civil War video

Reenactors commemorate Battle of Antietam

Reenactors commemorate Battle of Antietam

Civil War reenactors commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle at Antietam in Sharpsburg, Md. on Saturday morning.
Reenactors commemorate Battle of Antietam

Reenactors commemorate Battle of Antietam

Civil War reenactors commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle at Antietam in Sharpsburg, Md. on Saturday morning.
Civil War veteran finally laid to rest (1:31)

Civil War veteran finally laid to rest (1:31)

A Civil War veteran whose ashes sat for decades forgotten in storage could someday be remembered as the final soldier buried from that war.
Record visitors at Fort Sumter for Civil War anniversary (1:25)

Record visitors at Fort Sumter for Civil War anniversary (1:25)

They've made more history at one of America's most famous historic sites. A record 328,000 people took the ferry to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor last year to see where the Civil War began.
Monitor center helps visitors put pieces together (1:07)

Monitor center helps visitors put pieces together (1:07)

The USS Monitor center at the Maritime Museum in Newport News, Va. helps visitors put the pieces together of the sunken ship.
Despite heat, Bull Run reenactors march on

Despite heat, Bull Run reenactors march on

Thousands of reenactors restaged the Battle of Bull Run on Saturday, marking the 150th anniversary of the first battle of the Civil War. (July 23)
Civil War reenactors dance troubles away

Civil War reenactors dance troubles away

An event at Harris Pavillion in Manassas highlighted the importance of music and dancing during the Civil War.
On Leadership: Lincoln's wartime leadership tools

On Leadership: Lincoln's wartime leadership tools

Harvard historian Nancy Koehn on how President Abraham Lincoln's found his leadership 'backbone.'
On Leadership at Gettysburg: Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, the creative leader

On Leadership at Gettysburg: Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, the creative leader

How one professor-turned-colonel changed the tide of history at Little Round Top.
Battlefield tours go interactive with Civil War app

Battlefield tours go interactive with Civil War app

The app, created by the Civil War Trust, includes maps, videos and pictures.
Walt Whitman's Civil War records unveiled

Walt Whitman's Civil War records unveiled

A scholar who uncovered extensive Civil War records handwritten by Walt Whitman unveiled his findings Tuesday at the National Archives, saying they can reveal how the famous author's work as a government clerk influenced his poetry and life. (April 12)
Dispatches from the frontlines

Dispatches from the frontlines

The days leading up to the firing on Fort Sumter were mentally and physically taxing on the federal and confederate soldiers stationed at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie. Through the diligent research and faithful acting of the historical actors at the Sesquicentennial of the first battle of the Civil War, those events become real again.
Do you know your Civil War history?

Do you know your Civil War history?

Columnist John Kelly quizzed cherry blossom visitors on their American Civil War history to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, which took place at...?
The art of reenactment

The art of reenactment

For many who do it, reenacting — or historical acting, or living history — is more than a weekend hobby. It is part of their life. Charleston native Jeff Antley, chairman of the 150th Firing on Fort Sumter Committee, and Mark Silas Tackitt, who flew from Seattle to portray federal Major Robert Anderson, speak about the nuances of creating a faithful reenactment.
'The Conspirator' premieres at Ford's Theatre

'The Conspirator' premieres at Ford's Theatre

Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, James McAvoy, Robin Wright and other stars walked the red carpet at the premiere of Director Robert Redford's new movie "The Conspirator" at Ford's Theater. The historical drama focuses on the plot behind President Lincoln's assassination. (Haley Lesavoy/ The Washington Post)
Lincoln's word choice in his inaugural speech

Lincoln's word choice in his inaugural speech

Civil War scholars discuss what they think of President Lincoln's inaugural address.

Bicentennial: The War of 1812

Prince George’s and the War of 1812

(Riversdale House Museum, Prince George's County Parks Department / RIVERSDALE HOUSE MUSEUM, PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT)

War of 1812 for kids

BALTIMORE, MD, MAY 17, 2012: School children from Lake Shore Elementary School tour The Pride, a replica of an 1812 clipper, which docks at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.(Photo by ASTRID RIECKEN For The Washington Post)

The unknown war behind our national anthem

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Apart from inspiring the Star-Spangled Banner, the War of 1812 stands out for its inconspicuous place in U.S. history. It’s essentially the Rodney Dangerfield of wars, getting no respect even on its bicentennial.