Historical Facts About The American Civil War

Between 1861 and 1865, The United States was divided and fought in what was to become the bloodiest war in its history.

Here are some strange facts about the Civil War.

American Civil War Facts

1. Nellie

General Lee was given a flock of chickens by a Virginia farmer in 1862. The soldiers ate all but one of the chickens, which had caught the attention of the General. This chicken became his pet, was named Nellie and laid eggs under Lee’s cot every day



2. Angel’s Glow

Soldiers from both sides began reporting glow-in-the-dark wounds after the Battle of Shiloh in 1862. Of nearly 16,000 wounded, those with glowing wounds seemed to heal faster. Later research revealed that the area was likely a breeding ground for P. luminescens, a luminescent bacterium that produces a natural anti-biotic.

The American Civil War Facts

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3. Not-So-Nice Abe

Before and during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln tried to send freed slaves abroad.

The policy, called colonization, pushed to deport freed blacks to Central America, calling for a constitutional amendment authorizing Congress to pay for colonization.

Lincoln never successfully gathered support for the policy, and after signing the Emancipation Proclamation, he never publicly mentioned it again.

Abe-amania: The Wrestling Career Of Abraham Lincoln

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