Emerging Civil War

On the fourth day of July, Americans join together in a celebration of Independence. We show our pride by sporting red, white, and blue, launching fireworks, and firing up the grill. During the years 1861-1865, four Independence Days passed by with noise from cannons and rifles rather than fireworks, with the rebel yell echoing over battlefields rather than cheers in the streets. The people of the United States were held prisoner by a war that ravaged the land and took countless lives, a war against the worst sort of enemy: themselves. When our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, they had no idea that this fledgling country would be split in twain less than 100 years later.

Harpers Weekly Depiction of the Union Flag Being Raised on the 4th of July, 1861. Depiction of the American Flag Being Raised on the 4th of July, 1861.

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