The greatest cavalry battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere occurred at Brandy Station, Virginia in 1863. The engagement involved 20,000 cavalrymen, on relatively confined terrain, and went on for more than twelve hours.
Woodlawn National Cemetery, in Elmira, New York, is the only spot in the nation where blue and gray soldiers are buried together in a mass grave.
The battle of Wilson's Creek was the first Civil War engagement to occur west of the Mississippi River. It involved about 5,400 Union troops and 12,000 Confederates. The 1,750 acre battlefield has changed little from its historic setting. This enables visitors to experience the area in near pristine condition.
Nathan Bedford Forrest was one of the South's best soldiers. He was also a millionaire.
Confederate Sergeant Richard Kirkland was only nineteen years old at the Battle of Fredericksburg. He was tortured by the cries of the wounded beyond the safety of the stone wall. He asked permission to go to the aid of the wounded Yankees. Brigadier General Joseph Kershaw permitted the trip but would not allow him to carry the white flag the would ensure his safety. Kirkland grabbed several canteens and sprang over the wall. Federals fired upon him at first until they realized his intent. Cheers then rang out from both sides as Kirkland offered water to one wounded adversary after another. The sergeant is now known as the 'Angel of Marye's Heights.'