Civil War at A Glance
Take in the events of the Civil War through these facts and figures.
Neither our Northern nor Southern ancestors expected a long war in 1861. A common saying in the South that winter claimed “A lady’s thimble will hold all the blood that will be shed.” But the American Civil War dragged on, and so we continue to observe its sesquicentennial.

Fought 150 years ago July 1-3, the Battle of Gettysburg—the war’s costliest engagement in terms of casualties—is often considered a turning point when viewed in hindsight: After his army’s retreat through Maryland and into Virginia, Robert E. Lee conducted no more strategic offenses.