2012 will mark the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War’s second year: 1862.
That year ushered in the bloodiest fighting America had ever seen. As compared to the fighting of 1861, battles like Shiloh, Gaines’ Mill, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Stones River shattered thoughts of a short war with modest sacrifices. 1862 also saw the rise of new central figures on both sides. Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, William Tecumseh Sherman, and George McClellan all rose to national and international attention in 1862.
To expand your knowledge of the American Civil War why not make a resolution to learn more about this pivotal year? Check out our list below for a range of 1862 subjects and topics to pursue in this coming year.
The Civil War Trust has an extensive reading list online here. Here at Accessible Archives we will be sharing primary source news coverage from the war as well as reflections by soldiers and officers who fought from our Civil War Collections.
About The Civil War Trust
The Civil War Trust is America’s largest non-profit organization (501-C3) devoted to the preservation of our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields. The Trust also promotes educational programs and heritage tourism initiatives to inform the public of the war’s history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it.
The Civil War Trust has worked to save and preserve more than 32,000 acres of battlefield land at 110 battlefields in 20 different states.
You can stay on top of their activities on Twitter by following @civilwartrust today.
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