Lingering Fog of War: Post Traumatic Stress

In 2012, there were more suicides in the Army than combat deaths. While casualties on the battlefield are declining, suicides are on the rise. At the close of the year, 303 suicides were under investigation compared to 212 soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Suicide is the ultimate symptom of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition that hangs over our nation like the fog of war. Read More...

Rebel Call to Arms: From Volunteers to Draftees

Throughout the war, the South was at a huge strategic disadvantage in fielding an army because its population was much smaller than that of the northern states. Of the nine million people living in the South, only five million were whites. By contrast there were 22 million people in the North, including blacks, who comprised 10 percent of the Union army. Read More...

Biological Warfare in U.S. Civil War

The civil war in Syria isn't the first one in which biological warfare has been a threat. In the U.S. Civil War, 644,000 soldiers died; one out of four combatants never made it home. But they were twice as likely to die of disease than from a bullet. Their deadliest enemy was a biological foe. Read More...

Breaking the Chains of Slavery

Many nations abolished the slave trade before the United States did so. And we were the only nation in which it took a war to end human bondage. Read More...

Abraham Lincoln's Fiscal Cliff

By the end of the Civil War, the federal debt ceiling stood at $2.76 billion or 30 percent of the nation's Gross Domestic Product thanks in large measure to Lincoln's economic policies. It's tempting to ask what Lincoln would think about today's federal debt load: $11.42 trillion or 67.7 percent of GDP. Read More...