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Remembering Zachary Taylor: Military hero, obscure President

November 24, 2021 by NCC Staff

On November 24, 1784, future President Zachary Taylor was born in Virginia. Taylor became an unexpected obstacle to slavery’s expansion, until his sudden death in 1850.

Myths and mysteries about the Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2021 by NCC Staff

On this day in 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address, widely considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. But even today, there are still a few points about the speech that are misunderstood.

On This Day, Abraham Lincoln is elected President

November 6, 2021 by NCC Staff

On November 6, 1860, voters in the United States went to the polls in an election that ended with Abraham Lincoln as President, in an act that that led to the Civil War. But Lincoln’s actual victory didn’t happen on that day, and his victory wasn’t assured for months.

10 fascinating facts about President Ulysses Grant

April 27, 2021 by NCC Staff

Today marks the birthday of Ulysses Grant, who played a unique role in American history. Here is a look at a military leader who later became President in one of the nation’s most troubled decades.

The forgotten man who almost became President after Lincoln

April 15, 2021 by NCC Staff

On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died from his assassin’s wounds. But if John Wilkes Booth’s plot were entirely successful, a little-known senator may have been thrust into the White House for almost a year.

10 facts about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

April 14, 2021 by NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1865 that President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln died the next morning, and in the aftermath, some odd facts seemed to pop up.

On this day, Lee surrenders at Appomattox

April 9, 2021 by NCC Staff

On this day, Confederate General Robert E. Lee agreed to surrender his Army of Northern Virginia, marking a symbolic end to the Civil War.

The cotton gin: A game-changing social and economic invention

March 14, 2021 by NCC Staff

On this day in 1793, young inventor Eli Whitney had his U.S. patent for the cotton gin approved, an invention that would definitely have an impact on social and economic conditions that led to the Civil War.

On this day, the Confederate Constitution is approved

March 11, 2021 by Scott Bomboy

On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. And much of it mirrored the Constitution of the United States as it existed at the time.

On this day, the Missouri Compromise is approved

March 3, 2021 by NCC Staff

On March 3, 1820, Congress approved the Missouri compromise, a law that maintained a balance in the Senate between free and slave states. The pact only lasted 34 years, and its elimination was one of the contributing factors that led to the Civil War.

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