Tag: Civil War

The Knights of the Golden Circle

1860 were a very turbulent time in American History.  The Civil War was about to break out in earnest after a few skirmishes in the 1850s in Bleeding Kansas.  The country was about to be torn in two between the North and the South.  In the North, there was a vocal faction of the Democratic […]

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The Lost Confederate Treasury

In April 1865, the confederacy was in its death throes.  Confederate President Jefferson Davis heard on the way home from church on April 2, 1865 that Grant had broken through the line at Petersburg.  The evacuation of Richmond, Virginia, the capital of the Confederacy was underway.  The Confederate cabinet commandeered to special trains on the […]

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The Levellers- Proto-democracy

After the First English Civil War, everyone thought that Parliament would wield power in England and not the throne.  Well, they were half right.  In the mid 1640s, parliamentarian control was being established throughout England, but the army had the power.  The New Model Army had been socially transformed as officers were drawn from a […]

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Dr. Samuel Mudd-   His name was mud

Dr. Samuel Alexander Mudd was a doctor and Confederate sympathizer in southern Maryland.  He was married with children and lived a comfortable life near Bryantown, Maryland, outside of Washington DC.   Dr. Mudd first met John Wilkes Booth in 1864 while he was part of the Confederate underground.  There is evidence at least two meetings, […]

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